Japanese authors society JASRAC said today (Feb. 6) that YouTube has agreed to put up a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users that it is illegal to post or upload audio-visual works whose copyrights are neither owned by YouTube nor licensed by rights owners.

At press time no such notice could be found on the YouTube site.

JASRAC, the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, also said that YouTube and parent company Google pledged to develop a system to determine whether users uploading files to the popular video-sharing Web site are in violation of copyright or not. No specific date was given for when such a system might be in place.

The agreements with YouTube and Google followed meetings earlier in the day between JASRAC officials and YouTube CEO Chad Hurley and chief technical officer Steve Chen, as well as Google VP David Eun.

None of the execs were on hand for the press conference at which JASRAC and representatives of other Japanese rights-holders organizations announced the results of their talks with Hurley, Chen and Eun.

In a letter sent to YouTube on Dec. 4, a group comprising 22 Japanese broadcasters and other rights holders, represented by JASRAC, asked that YouTube implement "an infringement-preventive system." The letter followed YouTube's compliance with the group's request in October that it remove some 30,000 files comprising their copyrighted material.

The Japanese groups had also asked that YouTube register the names and addresses of those users making uploads and to keep such records, as well as terminating the user accounts of those who illegally uploaded audio-visual works deleted on or after June 2006 upon their request. The groups also asked for those account holders to be barred from making further uploads. But the two sides apparently did not reach agreement on those points during their Feb. 6 meeting.

"We're not 100% satisfied," says Masayuki Uei, VP, legal and business affairs, at Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.