YouTube to answer complaints

Execs from online company promise to meet with Japanese orgs

YouTube execs have vowed to sit down with reps of the 23 Japanese orgs and broadcasters who wrote them a letter earlier this month complaining about the site’s limp response to copyright infringers.

The reply, signed by YouTube CEO Chad Hurley and chief technology officer Steven Chen, arrived Friday — the deadline the Japanese had set for an answer — at the office of the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers & Publishers, which sent the Dec. 4 letter.

Hurley and Chen said they were ready to send a delegation to Japan to hash over the grievances listed in the letter and to take immediate actions, such as posting a notice in Japanese warning users not to upload copyrighted material, strengthening its authentication procedures and banning users who persist in violating copyrights.

Jasrac has sent copies of the reply to the 22 other signatories of the letter, including the major webs and the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan, known as Eiren. The signatories are skedded to meet next week to discuss their response.

YouTube removed nearly 30,000 Japanese clips from the site in October in response to Jasrac complaints on behalf of right holders.

Unauthorized uploads of Japanese content have continued, however, prompting another letter from Jasrac.