Archive for the ‘Japan’ category

How piracy opened the door to anime in the US

April 27, 2007

There was an interesting article in the Technology Review back in 2004 about how videotaping of Japanese anime and the sharing of the tapes among fans opened the US market to anime. With no legitimate distribution channels the only way to see anime was to get a copy through the network of fans.

A similar article in Reason Magazine at the end opf 2006 talks about the amateur past time of subtitling the movies and how the first legitimate distributors in the US were when “fans went pro”.


YouTube in Japan

December 20, 2006

A couple of weeks ago the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) wrote to YouTube complaining about the burden of requesting takedown of copyrighted content via the DMCA. The letter also requested that YouTube “take provisional measures … in order to prevent illegal uploads of audio-visual works, which copyrights are neither owned by the persons posting the works on the website themselves nor licensed by right owners”.  including:

 1. Indicate on the top page of the YouTube website, in Japanese, that “Posting or uploading audio-visual works, which copyrights are neither owned by yourselves nor licensed by right owners, is illegal, and such act may impose you civil and/or criminal liability.”   2. Register the names and addresses of those users making uploads and to keep such records.   3. Terminate the user accounts of those who illegally uploaded audio-visual works deleted on and after June 2006 upon our requests and to not allow them to make further uploads

In my opinion the requests are reasonable enough. The onus to monitor its content can stack up on a content owner. I think there is effort invovled from both sides. Word is that YouTube are responding to the request, but I have yet to see what their response is. I suspect they will require a database of copyrighted content that they can filter against. Does the content industry have this to offer?

Japanese court convicts P2P developer

December 14, 2006

A  Japanese court just convicted a software developer for helping violate copyrights. The defendent wrote the Winny P2P software. Whilst the court did not rule the software itself to be illegal they said that the defendent’s actions and omissions constituted helping violate copyrights.