Executives of YouTube.com are to meet a group of Japanese media firms that complained to the video sharing Internet site over copyright infringement, the Japanese organization said.
YouTube is to send a delegation to Japan in response to a letter
from the Tokyo-based Japan Society for Rights of Authors,
Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) complaining that it allowed
users to post and view copyrighted TV shows, movie clips and
music videos, the group said in a statement late on Tuesday.
In the reply, signed by YouTube Chief Executive Chad Hurley and
Chief Technical Officer Steve Chen, YouTube acknowledged that it
needed to post a notice in Japanese on its Web site telling users
not to upload copyrighted content.
YouTube, owned by Google, removed about 30,000 video files
from its Web site after receiving a demand in October from the
Japanese media group and 22 other firms including public
broadcaster NHK, major film studios, and Web rivals such as Yahoo
The files had been posted without the permission of copyright
holders, the group said.
The date of the meeting between YouTube executives and the
Japanese group has yet to be decided.