Japanese group slams YouTube on copyright concerns

A coalition of Japanese television, music and film companies slammed YouTube, saying the online video sharing service was not doing enough to rid the site of cartoons and other clips that infringe on copyrights, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report also quoted the group as saying that it is skeptical over an automatic video recognition and purging system being developed by YouTube parent Google, questioning the reliability of the technology and saying it was taking too long.

'YouTube has to stop how it runs its site and get rid of the illegal clips. We want them to reset the service,' composer Hideki Matsutake, quoted by the Associated Press report, said.

The coalition met with YouTube and Google executives earlier in the week, the second such meeting this year.

'There is no middle ground,' Matsutake said. 'We demand that all copyrighted material be removed immediately.'

Talks with YouTube and Google will continue, said Matsutake, who was acting as a spokesman for the group.

The report further said YouTube has been immensely popular in Japan, trumping rival Japanese video sharing sites. It launched a Japanese language version of the site in June to gain even more viewers, and to post warnings against uploading copyrighted materials in Japanese.

Still, clips from Japanese TV and the music industry are rampant on YouTube.

YouTube has said it cooperates with holders of copyrights and immediately complies with requests to have unauthorized material removed from the site. In October, the site deleted nearly 30,000 files after the Japanese group complained of copyright infringement, the report further said.