The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) filed a lawsuit on Aug. 6 against Pandora TV, operator of the video-posting Web site "TV Break" seeking damages of 128 million yen ($1.2 million) for copyright infringement.

JASRAC, which filed the lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court, is also demanding an end to the illegal posting of works administered by JASRAC on the Web site at www.tvbreak.jp).

"JASRAC does not intend to stop users posting," Yoshio Kojima, manager of JASRAC's Transmission Rights Department, tells Dotbiz. "We are asking the site operators to take responsibility for copyright clearance."

JASRAC has been asking Pandora TV to comply with its request since June 2007. The organization says it merely wants to license the works uploaded, which are mainly music videos, films, animation and TV programs.

Kojima says the period under dispute runs from February 2006 through April 2008 and involved at least 20,000 videos containing JASRAC repertoire. He added that if other sites persist with similar practices, they, too, could face lawsuits.

The organization is continuing to negotiate with YouTube over similar issues and says a number of other video-posting websites have taken preventive measures to avoid copyright infringements.