YouTube has wiped nearly 30,000 files from its website after Japanese media companies said their copyright was being infringed according to the BBC.

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

According to the Beeb, a spokesman for the Japanese group said it was considering asking YouTube to introduce a preliminary screening process to stop illegal video files being placed on the site.

The move could open the flood gates for thousands more requests to remove copyright files from the Internet website.

Many commentators believe that company lawyers around the globe have been waiting for a big player like Google to buy the company before moving forward as YouTube has yet to make a profit.

Is this the start of the flood gates being opened?

We will keep you posted.