20 October, 2006

YouTube and Japanese

23 organizations including domestic broadcasting networks like NHK, Fuji Television, JASRAC (Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) and other copyrights management groups announced that they succeeded in having YouTube delete 29,549 files, claiming them to be violating copyright properties.

No big surprise because Japanese people have been using YouTube madly these days, but wow, nearly 30,000 files... I’m rather impressed that the 23 groups actually forced YouTube to delete all those.
I bet it’s the same with any other YouTube users around the world, but the way Japanese people use it – as for the copyright violating files – is to extract the funniest part or the biggest appeal of the shows and “share” them on YouTube.

But then, it’s going to become (or has already become) a whole lot boring. For example, an amateur posts a really good file on YouTube, and say with publicity, acknowledgements and popularity there, succeeds in creating a TV show. That show would be shown on TV nationwide and could be a great step to his show producing career, but because the rich contents would be copyright protected which means that it will not go on YouTube (you know, legally).

I guess it wouldn’t matter so much to the audience I guess only if you’re within the reach of whatever means save the Internet the work is published. I also understand that it’s on the right track in terms of commerce and regulations accompanying business, but as a creator it can also mean that he lost one huge means to release his work across the globe.

Money, money, profits... sophisticated stuff.

Last but not least... Chapter 2 of the new webmanga Charmy Nurse M is up!

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