Japanese copyright warnings on YouTube

copyright warning Back in February, there was a lot to do about YouTube’s promise to start showing copyright warnings in Japanese on its site — the news was even so hot that JASRAC issued a press release with the nitty-gritty of the discussions between YouTube and a selection of Japanese rights holders, which, by the way, “were held in a gentlemanly and friendly manner.” ;-)

It seems that those warnings are online now, but you can only see them in Japan. If you access YouTube’s video upload page (login required) through a Japanese ISP, there’s a Japanese text box telling users to only upload works they have made themselves, or for which they have permission to do so. The next page in the two-step process has more extensive instructions and points to a Japanese translation of YouTube’s Copyright Tips — except for the Fair Use section in the end (“Using Some Copyrighted Content in Your Videos”)…

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  1. […] 2007-02: YouTube shows Japanese copyright warnings to Japanese YouTube users. […]

    » chosaq » On YouTube JP and the Japanese entertainment biz on August 7th, 2007 at 09:43

  2. What a shame they caved, but I suppose that Japan is an awfully large market for a company to throw away on its own initiative. Still, they should have been greatly encouraged to do so. There have been unanswered issues to resolve, and they won’t get resolved if a certain trading partner is allowed to continue practicing intransigence at no cost to itself and its citizens.–?cq=1&p=139

    Turning the other cheek is nice in church, but it is madness in trade negotiations or bar fights.

    » Joseph Dunphy on August 13th, 2007 at 01:03