In what must be one of the biggest mass removals of YouTube content, the video sharing site just pulled down 29,549 clips after a demand from a group of Japanese media companies. The group claimed that TV, music and movies had been uploaded without permission from the copyright holders. But as they usually do, YouTube reacted quickly to avoid a potential lawsuit.
The Tokyo-based Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers represents 23 Japanese media companies, and spokesperson Fumiyuki Asakura says they were found during “research” (a.k.a. playing around on YouTube) earlier this month – he also said that YouTube deleted the clips as soon as they were notified.