YOUTUBE BEGINS “COPYRIGHT CLEANSE 2006” Image

After Google acquired YouTube, it was rumored that the copyright violations rampant on the video-sharing site would quickly become more scrutinized. Today those rumors began to bear fruit, as the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers came down on YouTube for having 29,549 videos that violated their rights laws. YouTube quickly eliminated the videos, leaving one to scratch their head and ask, “Where are we going to get those f****d-up Japanese TV clips now?”

If this is the future of YouTube, the site will become less an online gallery of cool videos and more a showcase of morons with webcams, in which case Google is going to learn very quickly how unexceptional YouTube content really is without those obscure, often copyright-infringing, video clips.

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