YouTube pulls 30K videos over copyright complaint

— 12:47 PM on October 20, 2006

Less than two weeks after Google agreed to acquire YouTube, the video hosting and search site has pulled almost 30,000 video clips from its service. The move was in response to a demand by the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers. The Society, which is made up of 23 Japanese media companies, said the 29,549 clips from various movies, TV shows, and music videos had not been licensed and that their presence on YouTube violated copyright laws. Along with asking YouTube to pull the videos, the Japanese group also said it will ask YouTube to "set up screening and other measures to block postings of unauthorized files," and it has advised users not to post copyrighted content on the site.

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