News: The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers, and Publishers (JSRAC) — Japan’s version of our ASCAP — sent a notice to YouTube identifying close to 30,000 files on YouTube that were allegedly infringing the music copyrights of JSRAC’s members. Upon receiving the notice, YouTube took down all the files. (More here)
Analysis: This is precisely the kind of process the DMCA safe harbor provision (Section 512) envisions. Frankly, this incident bolsters YouTube’s claim to falling within the safe harbor by demonstrating its prompt removal of files upon receipt of notice.