The Guardianreports YouTube has been asked to remove 1,000 sports videos. The company filing the request believes there could also be 10,000 more illegal sports clips on YouTube.com.
A digital rights company representing sporting bodies has asked YouTube to remove about 1,000 videos for copyright infringement - and believes there are as many as 10,000 more illegal clips on the website.
The online rights protection agency NetResult - which represents bodies including formula one, the Uefa Champions League, the Football League, and Australian Open Tennis - has also sent letters to about 10 websites that host links to clips that infringe copyrighted material.
Christopher Stokes, the chief executive of NetResult, said that the initial 1,000 was almost certainly the "tip of the iceberg" of its clients' copyrighted material, but it was very time-consuming to track and then report all incidents.
It doesn't take long to find a sports clip on YouTube.com or any of the other popular video sharing websites. With a quick search you can find incredible soccer goals or amazing dunks and buzzer beaters. This latest copyright request comes just a few days after the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (Jasrac) forced YouTube to remove 30,000 music, movie and tv clips.