Nico Nico Douga, the most popuolar YouTube like video sharing service in Japan decided to pay loyality to Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers. According to some published reports, Dwango which operates the video service will pay 1.875％ of its earnings. As long as users uploads videoes of their own singing and playing, they can use copyrited music.
I guess they want to go legit.
Nico Nico Douga has been extreamly popular in Japan. Many youngsters around me say they watch Nico Nico for at least a few hours a day. It seems like Nico Nico Douga surpased YouTube in popularity in Japan.
One thing Nico Nico differ from YouTube is that Nico Nico can superimpose a closed caption on video. Some videos' screens are filled with many coments. I suppose it is a new type of communications.