Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia applauds the move by the Japanese broadcasters against YouTube in Japan for copyright infringements covering 29,549 online video files. Those files were mostly entertainment and music TV programs.
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), which collects royalty payments for musicians, acted on behalf of and was backed by all of Japan's major TV networks, public broadcaster Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), some regional and cable TV broadcasters, and other organizations including the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) and Yahoo Japan.
Perhaps the reason that YouTube in Japan is targeted is that YouTube ideally serves the cult following among Japanese Pop Culture with its simple placement and storage of music clips that are easily accessed.
Figures shown to Digital Broadcasters Vendor News show that YouTube Japan grew massively from December 2005 with 201,000 users to 2.1million just three months later.
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