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YouTube to Protect Copyrights in Japan

After complaints from a Japanese authors' rights group, the video-sharing Web site takes measures against rights infringements

Video-sharing Web site YouTube has agreed to take measures against copyright infringement in Japan but an industry group here said it was not entirely satisfied, an AFP report said.

The AFP report said the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers had filed a complaint with YouTube, which was bought in October by Internet giant Google.

The AFP report quoted YouTube CEO Chad Hurley and CTO Steve Chen as saying that they were ready to post a notice in Japanese on its Web site warning that users should not upload copyrighted content.

It also promised to "make an effort" to more strictly identify individual users and delete video files posted without permission of copyright holders, it said.

"Although we have not finished our conclusion yet, they don't appear to be meeting our request 100%," an official at the authors group said, adding that some of the answers lacked concrete measures.

The AFP report said YouTube planned to send a delegation to Japan to hold further discussions with the group, which will hold an emergency meeting to evaluate YouTube's reply, the official said.

The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers groups 23 media companies and organizations, including Japan's public television network NHK, the report further said.

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