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Run to Your Grave


No surprise that Japanese companies are some of the world’s most active YouTube clip executioners. I am sure they are only taking video off YouTube so that they can go and monetize their own archives themselves… Who am I kidding? There won’t be a move towards making past material available to viewers until Japanese TV stations are no longer run by 200 year-old zombies afraid of electricity who spend half their day filing receipts for hostess clubs.

I am exaggerating though. They aren’t actual zombies.

W. David MARX
May 22, 2008

15 Responses

  1. Adamu Says:

    NHK is putting some kind of online archive site up this (fiscal) year… It is for-pay and will no doubt come with all sorts of BS protections… but it’s a start and I for one would pay to get full access to NHK Special archives.

  2. feffrey Says:

    Or they will monetize it all wrong, or way overvalue their precious content. After all, 700 yen per episode for a 25 minute “audiobook” from the NHK Rakugo series seems like a fair deal to these people. The only thing I think it accomplishes is proving to themselves that this internet thing is just a fad.

  3. Aceface Says:

    On NHK Rakugo being 700 yen:

    NHK has to pay certain fee to the Rakugo Kyoukai for the copyrights.So while I agree the price isn’t right,NHK should not solely be blamed.

    Here’s what’s happened recently over Rakugo on NHK.

  4. W. David MARX Says:

    CDs in Japan are still 3000 yen, which is just ridiculously inflated compared to the rest of the world. Although I have not seen this in print, my guess is that the ownership of master rights by production companies rather than record companies means that record companies have to jack up the prices to make their small sliver worth anything.

    The point is… Japanese companies charge way more for media than anywhere else, especially since stores are not allowed to discount. When it comes to selling digital, they are going to pretty much keep those prices high because that’s what they have trained consumers to expect to pay.

  5. Mulboyne Says:

    “Kadokawa looks into YouTube toons”


  6. W. David MARX Says:

    Interesting development, although not one of the Big Five.

  7. nate Says:

    but they’ve been the same price forever (CDs)

    records too. and I don’t think ‘official’ US CDs have come down much have they? places like Best Buy will have them cheaper, but you go to a music store and pay list they are in the $16-18 range as far as I recall.

    damn, when was the last time I bought a CD?! oh yeah, 川西杏! weird, by god, weird. but great!

  8. W. David MARX Says:

    $18 is still a lot less than $30, and anybody with half a brain can find a place to not pay $18.

  9. Mulboyne Says:

    Also related:

    Government plans “fair use” stipulation for intellectual property


  10. W. David MARX Says:

    Now that would be something.

  11. Adamu Says:

    That was the leader on the May 27 Asahi front page.

    I hate the Japanese news reports… first off, that news report has ALREADY been taken offline and I had to read it on Google cache (so much for “fair use”).. Second, the only reportable news-related facts, apart from an explanation of current Japanese law and the definition of fair use, is that this advisory group “will agree to consider the fair use stipulation in its “intellectual property promotion plan 2008″ next month. After that, a subcommittee on the issue will discuss the issue.” So basically a few people within that group told reporters the details of a semi-private discussion session (that according to the PM office website hasnt even taken place yet, emphasizing that this was a topic that was/will be discussed. I assume whoever engineered the front-page story intended to stir public sentiment in favor of the proposal. Would it KILL the newspapers to make this fact clear rather than announcing it as if it were a Kantei press release? Who are they working for anyway?

    …these reports always come out with a crucial へ at the end of the headline, meaning that nothing is decided and the “news” is more of a trial balloon floated by some interest group within one of the myriad policy study groups. This one is attached to the PM’s office which means its chances of approval are next to zero and we may never hear of it again.

  12. nate Says:

    hmm….I remember wen I used the good half of my brain in jr.high to get the 10 CDs for the price of one!! deal from BMG or where ever it was.

    true, $18 is still less than 3,000 yen….right now. and for most of my Japanese life (i.e., since 1998).

    BUT! my point is more about prices not changing. old records from the 70s and 80s were 3,000 yen, seems pretty good that CDs were the same, since in the states (as I recall) CDs were more expensive than LPs for quite a while.

    1980-1983–the average exchange rate was 230 yen to $1

    that $18 CD would have been 4,000 yen in Japan if they were playing the equivalent pricing game.

  13. nate Says:

    but of course you are right that they managed to maintain price control a lot longer than the US record companies were able to…

  14. W. David MARX Says:

    When I said “the same,” I was secretly implying “same relative cost” not always ¥3,000. I think LPs were like ¥2,400 maybe?

    In high school, I got like 80% of my music from scamming those BMG clubs by ordering only the 1 CD I had to buy and then quitting.

  15. nate Says:

    ahh, BMG was a godsend before I had the ability to get to record stores.

    same thing with shows. the punk rock shows in the early 80s were 2-3,000 yen. that is the same price when they freaked out the weaned-on-DIY and never-over-$5 punk rock idealist kid me when I first arrived…