We in the west seem to have a fascination with Japanese TV, started with the likes of Chris Tarrant and Clive James showing game shows and other intriguing clips that, to be honest, we didn’t always understand.
That perhaps explains why there are (or were) apparently more clips from Japanese TV channels than other nations.
However, a recent audit by the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Pulbishers (JASRAC) claimed that nearly 30,000 videos infringed upon copyright, and asked YouTube to remove the offending clips.
The group is made up from cable TV broadcasters, the NHK public broadcaster, the Recording Industry Association of Japan, and Yahoo Japan.
Interesting that Yahoo is part of the group – I wonder if they’ll use the same scrutiny on their own video sharing sites?
A blow for all of us that loved videos of the Japanese culture – I wonder how long it’ll be before they creep back in en masse?