YouTube to post Japanese copyright warnings


TTOKYO --Japanese media groups wrung a concession out of YouTube on illegally uploaded images in talks in Tokyo on Tuesday, but say the U.S. side's responses to specific proposals "remain unsatisfactory."

In their two-hour discussions with the Japanese Society of Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), YouTube CEO Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, the company's chief technology officer, agreed to display a notice in Japanese on the site warning users against uploading copyrighted material.

"We will be doing that as soon as possible. JASRAC requested six weeks, but we said we could do it faster than that," said Kaori Saito, a spokesperson for Google Japan.

"This is the first time that YouTube has left the U.S. to talk to foreign markets and we consider Japan and its users to be very important to us," she said. "Coming to Japan shows the commitment we have and we believe that JASRAC is very happy with what we have to offer."

Yet adding a notice to the site was just one of the Japanese side's demands.

The 23 Japanese entertainment industry organizations and broadcasters represented by JASRAC are also requesting that YouTube collect the names and addresses of people who illegally upload content as well as immediately terminating the accounts of anyone who infringes a copyright.

"We are happy that the negotiations to solve this issue have taken a step forward, but the responses on specific proposals remain unsatisfactory," said Satoshi Watanabe, manager of JASRAC's Transmissions Rights Department.

"I believe one month is too long to simply add a notice to the site," he said. YouTube's response was that other messages on the site will also need to be translated into Japanese and that a system needs to be created to identify from where a user is accessing the site and to ensure the appropriate language is used.