October 20, 2006

YouTube deletes 29,549 video files after request by TV stations

TOKYO — The U.S. video-sharing website YouTube has deleted 29,549 video clips after 23 Japanese TV stations, movie and music companies requested they be removed, saying they were posted without the authorization of copyright holders, a Japanese association said Friday.



Video clips of TV programs, music promotion videos and movies were found to be posted on the site, according to research conducted Oct 2-6 by the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), which made the request on behalf of the 23 entities. YouTube makes available free of charge on the Internet more than 60,000 short video clips per day uploaded by people from around the world. Some files are feared to cause copyright violations.

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