YouTube replies to copyright demand by JASRAC

December 19, 2006

News:  Co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen reportedly sent a letter to JASRAC, Japan’s version of ASCAP, to address its demand about alleged copyright infringement of their music and works on YouTube.  In the letter, the YouTube founders are said to be preparing a Japanese warning about copyright infringement for their Japanese users and a better authentication process.  Also, the founders may make a trip to Japan to discuss the issues.  (More here)

Analysis:   Sensible measures.  But the personal trip to Japan — is that necessary?  Hey, if you’re young and your company’s just been bought for $1.65 billion, why not?