Google agrees to pay royalties for Japanese music played in YouTube clips


Google
today came to an agreement with the JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers), Japan’s largest music copyright administration body to pay royalties for music protected by local copyright and used in YouTube videos.

YouTube members are now free to upload video clips containing JASRAC-protected music (the organization controls over 1.5 million pieces of music).

Japanese copyright holders are known for their rigidity in protecting their content. Google has been forced to “clear” YouTube of Japanese content several times in the past.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

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Serkan Toto

Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

3 thoughts on “Google agrees to pay royalties for Japanese music played in YouTube clips”

  1. Really?! That could be awesome for us in America… unless they start banning them based on IP…

    Where did you hear about this?

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