Sega’s K-ON! Game Videos Deleted by TBS


K-ON! TV broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System has deleted videos of Sega’s upcoming K-ON! game on the grounds of copyright infringement.

The preview videos were deleted at the request of TBS, with YouTube giving the standard copyright response. Sega of course had every right to upload the videos as they were of its officially licensed game.


TBS for its part is not even the copyright holder for K-ON!, being a mere TV station.

The videos were later restored, in what must have been a rather embarrassing incident for those responsible.

The incident of course highlights the fact that apparently neither YouTube nor TBS take any notice of what it is they are actually deleting – it would not have taken a great deal of scrutiny on the part of YouTube to release the claim was baseless.

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    Avatar of Master Evil The Return!
    10:35 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "computer input "copyright" "
    "inputing "copyright" "
    *beep boob beep boob bep*
    " "copyright" results found"
    "computer what are the results"
    "i should've known"

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    Comment by destructorv2
    09:52 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was it because they just realize that they could do something better than a project diva look alike game?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 18/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is azu-nyan we're talking about here.

    wait, is she in the game? *watches trailer*

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:46 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, we have known this for years, that the DMCA things are NOT scrutinized properly by a LIVING BREATHING PERSON and that things are removed when they are allowed by fair use or even when the OWNER of the copyrighted thing in question uploads them!

    They need to fix this so that companies are encouraged to be SKEPTICAL of copyright claims by someone, until proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sucks, like the shitty anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn that Pic makes Mio and Ritsu have big racks...

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:47 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youtube, by law, CANNOT check what they're deleting. If they receive valid DMCA notice, they have to oblige, no matter what.

    The funny part is, there are some very serious judical penalties (5 years in prison) for abusing DMCA notices, aka. sending notices for stuff you don't own.

    So not only you can get your videos restored (possibly with recompensation), but you can send those fuckers to prison for sending invalid DMCA notices. That is, if you live in US. If come from more sane parts of the world, you're totally fucked, since you don't ave representation under US law.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:48 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess again! Youtube can ignore a DMCA notice if they realize that:

    1. The person in question is trying to have something taken down that another person has the right from the copyright owner to post.

    2. The person in question is NOT the actual copyright owner.

    Both these things applied here, so Youtube could have ignored the DMCA notices. Hell, I've ignored them more times than I can count on my website, because everything I post falls under FAIR USE!

    Either as part of an article on a game/movie/music to show why I like or dislike the thing in question, or because it is fanart, which is allowed by Fair Use.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Youtube, all they ever do is suck corporate cock. Grow a backbone, pussies!

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    Comment by a lolicon
    05:54 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The incident of course highlights the fact that apparently neither YouTube nor TBS take any notice of what it is they are actually deleting – it would not have taken a great deal of scrutiny on the part of YouTube to release the claim was baseless.

    You must be new to DMCATube.

    This happens on a daily basis because DMCATube's policy is to do whatever the notice says without checking whether or not it's correct.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking Youtube, they need to stop being such pussywhipped children.

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    Comment by chrisgendo
    06:36 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, youtube's dmca policy stuff is pure garbage. TBS banned my old account because i tagged a couple of my videos as "clannad", despite only using a couple seconds of footage from the show in each video, i think they're pretty trigger happy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're absolutely sure you were within Fair Use, then appeal it. Youtube would reinstate your videos even faster than they 'removed' them (it pretty much happens automatically now and is in effect until DMCA issuer files counter-counter-notice).

    And put the case into to court against TBS to give them some real extra pain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've seen a lot of vids that covers songs which has also been removed by TBS. Cover songs.

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    Comment by Myballz
    06:40 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The been doing that to a lot of people.

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    Comment by Abel Liegod
    02:11 15/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe SEGA is afraid that if people watch videos about the game they wont buy it.

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    Comment by knuclear200x
    01:46 15/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TBS, "Very Funny".

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:02 15/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What Youtube staff do while on the job:

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 15/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahaha, given how anal Sega was about removing videos of Project Diva before and shortly after its release this seems like poetic justice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:49 19/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This has happened many times on youtube, even the European and U.S. youtube had content deleted by requests from people who were not copyright holders. It goes to show you how inattentive the staff at youtube is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:30 17/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is why the DMCA is broken. The penalties for false DMCA claims should be extremely harsh. Tons of legit videos have been removed by YouTube without any research into if the claim is even real.

    Of course, Google owns YouTube and they hate freedom of speech and the internet, so I guess it's not surprise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:29 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The rabbit hole goes much deeper than most of you can imagine. []

    REMOVED DUE TO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT, it was a video of am unfavorable news broadcast about Anthony Morrison that is perfectly legal to post due to fair use. His family remember DMCAed it lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel sorry for youtube. They have to comply immediately with any claim straight away no matter what. In the Viacom lawsuit case it was discovered that they had been uploading videos (for viral marketing or other purposes)on the one hand then making copyright claims on the other. Good thing the judge found in YT's favor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TBS can stop 男の生き様, a song from Downtown's show Lincoln from being uploaded to Youtube but, K-On!? Come on, they fail with their understanding of copyright.

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    Comment by Firelord
    14:39 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    First question should actually be, is this TBS in the first place who made the claims?

    YouTube doesn't verify in any way if you are indeed who you say you are, and will just delete a video if a DMCA claim is filed, scared a sue-happy company (like Viacom) will take them to court for hosting copyrighted material.

    It's possible (or even very likely) that this was just the work of some clown who doesn't like K-ON!, Sega, or maybe even both and filed a DMCA claim in TBS' name to show that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:31 18/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i blame the company in this case. youtube is kinda busy filtering content from the biebertards in the states.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:45 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People should stop uploading in Youtube and move to Dailymotion. Youtube sucks because of them removing and region blocks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They probably thought it was some kind of fan-made AMV.... what losers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:04 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TBS is also taking off music covers from youtube due to similar, eg. tkmdr's (Senri-han's) keionbu drum covers.

    Maybe Pony Canyon didn't like it? :lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:47 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Don't Be Hypocrites" better suits them.

    Avatar of General Jack D. Ripper
    02:12 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems this is the case where the term "Copyright" gets abused

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Reminds me of those deleted touhou videos. Since when Zun starts deleting videos.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    05:14 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ZUN is to drunk to protest, and even if he's sober, he won't complain since he has better things than troll YouTube and take down videos...

    "Haters gonna hate..."

    Nothing more, nothing less...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:17 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, soon you won't be albo to put any video on YouTube becouse of copyrights!

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by akuma2002
    02:26 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahah, Youtube and TBS failed badly this time. I want the game now! Can't wait one more month!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TBS copyright holders sure look gullible. I bet their employees get bonuses for every 10 copyright infringement notices they successfully send.

    And since they're only a TV station, they must be reporting to the creators of the show, who themselves didn't give a damn and just says "Yes" when asked if the content should be removed. This time it must suck to be proven that they abuse their jobs since this made them look like total asses on the faces of the people they themselves report to.

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    Comment by awesome
    02:15 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youtube is no different in japan :P

    they still delete any flagged videos

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *shakily removes eyeglasses*

    Anyone who approves of Youtube's copyright policy, leave the room now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:17 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't believe anyone's leaving sir...

    Comment by WPE
    01:49 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Holy crap, Lois!" - Peter from Family Guy, 200X

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    Comment by Pizzasrgo
    05:51 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Holy crap, Lolis!" - Anonymous from Sankaku Complex, 201X

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's the point here ?_?

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    Comment by CowExtract
    02:59 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Trying to infringe on the Family Guy copyright to see if her(?) comment gets deleted temporarily.

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    Comment by Densha Otoko
    01:49 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wtf are they crying this wil not be released outside JPN ??? just let same fan see it won't hurt them !!!

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    02:00 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this ^^

    what's wrong with people seeing it. even though sega will not port it(maybe) but at least let the fans from all over the world see so that they may import it and such.

    off topic question, is the DS region free? since the psp is i expect ds is the same.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, the DS is region free.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Goggle damn it!!!

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    Comment by CowExtract
    03:04 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Dnman
    02:07 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, the DS is region free.

    And damn copyright bans, someone'll ban it when it's not even their own product in the first place now.

    Ah well, it's not like I'm interested in K-ON.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    01:48 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, at least they restored them back, unlike some anal copyright holders out there who can't even stand their stuff being made into parodies.. (eg. The Shakeweight ad)

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    Comment by awesome
    02:24 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they never actually delete anything :P
    it's like WoW characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So they don't respect truly the law about copyright...

    Good one !!!

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    Comment by awesome
    04:42 14/08/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    nobody can prove it as they restrict access to the file :P
    it's like if i will try to prove over the internet that your have pirated game on your computer, won't work :P

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