December 5, 2006
REQUEST MADE TO YOUTUBE, INC. TO TAKE IN-ADVANCE
PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENTS
With regard to the large number of audio-visual works illegally uploaded on the U.S. video-posting website YouTube, 23 Japanese right holder groups and business operators requested deletion of approximately 30,000 infringing files over five days from October 2 to October 6, resulting in the deletion of those files by YouTube, Inc.
However, as numerous audio-visual works continue to be illegally uploaded despite the deletion, the right holder groups held a meeting on November 17 to discuss the course of actions. As a result, they agreed to request YouTube, Inc. to take specific measures to prevent uploading in advance of copyright infringement acts, and a letter to that effect was sent out on December 4.
The request letter outlines that: 1) the "Notice and Takedown" procedures based on the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) do not work well due to the large volume of illegal uploads; and 2) YouTube, Inc. is requested to implement an infringement-eliminative system by employing technological means and efforts. Along with this, three items have been requested as provisional measures.
The deadline for a reply to this request letter has been set on December 15, 2006.
As soon as a reply is received from YouTube, Inc., the right holder groups will meet again to discuss YouTube, Inc.'s responses to the right holder groups' itemized requests in their letter.
Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Inc.
Japan Video Software Association (JVA)
The Association of Japanese Animations
Association of All Japan TV Program Production Companies (ATP)
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)
The National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan
Nippon Television Network Corporation
Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc
Fuji Television Network, Inc.
TV Asahi Corporation
TV Tokyo Corporation
Television Kanagawa, Inc.
Asahi Broadcasting Corporation
Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
Tokai Television Broadcasting Co.Ltd.
Japan Satellite Broadcasting Association
Space Shower Networks inc.
The University of the Air Foundation
Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS)
Center for Performances' Rights Administration (CPRA)
Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ)
Yahoo! JAPAN Corporation
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC)