Japanese group not pleased with YouTube's copyright plans

Japanese film, music and TV companies say Google isn't doing enough to protect copyright.

A group of Japanese entertainment companies is criticizing Google for not doing enough to keep pirated material off YouTube.

The group also said that it wants Google to disclose more details about the technology it plans to use to protect copyright and said the search company was taking too long in unveiling the technology, according to The Associated Press.

"YouTube has to stop how it runs its site and get rid of the illegal clips. We want them to reset the service," composer Hideki Matsutake is quoted as saying at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday.

"What's important to us is what YouTube can do immediately," said Mizuo Sugawara of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers. "We have no guarantee whether the new technology will even work."

The coalition has met with YouTube and Google executives twice on the matter, including earlier in the week, the report said. The viral video site, which Google acquired last year, is hugely popular in Japan. The site removed nearly 30,000 files in October after the Japanese television, music and film companies complained, the AP said.

Viacom sued Google in March, accusing YouTube of "massive intentional copyright infringement."

Last week, a Google lawyer said in a court hearing that Google will launch in September a system designed to keep pirated material off the site.

Google representatives did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the criticism from Japan.

 

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