From the BBC

Video-sharing service YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed.

The Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers found 29,549 music video, movie and TV clips had been posted without permission.

This could be the first nail in the coffin of YouTube after Google’s takeover. Part of its appeal of the site was that people felt free to upload almost anything regardless of copyright. It could be the start of YouTube’s long slide into obscurity ala Napster.