Anti-Piracy Law on Anime and Manga
Starting from Friday 1st August, the Japanese government will initiate a massive anti-piracy campaign focusing on terminating 580 foreign websites that have illegal uploads of Anime or Manga content for public viewing without the copyrights holders permission. The Campaign is a response to growing number of overseas pirate websites which effects the Anime and Manga industry resulting in Japan suffering losses of nearly £12 billion. The campaign will be a joint effort involving the Japanese government as well as 15 producers & distributors who will begin contacting the foreign illegal websites that have been identified by the government, requesting the removal of copyright infringing Anime and Manga content hosted on the sites.
The Japanese government had enacted a law 2 years ago that would sentence anyone who uploaded or downloaded copyright infringing material, resulting in a prison sentence up to 2 years for downloading pirated content and up to 10 years for uploading it to websites. Although the enactment of this law has failed to make much of difference as piracy still remains a problem in Japan as well as on a global scale.
The pirate sites are located worldwide with a large amount mainly based in China where most of the campaign will focus on. A new site has been created to direct fans to legal copies of affected works, which are available for a few hundred yen converting to only a few British pounds.
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has revealed a new website for it’s Manga-Anime Guardians project, which is to monitor and remover the illegal uploading of Anime and Manga. The project is also to create a place for people to enjoy the official versions of content as well as continue to create new work and encourage new talent.
The project is a part of the Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy Committee, which includes Aniplex, Kadokawa, Good Smile Company, Kodansha, Sunrise, Shueisha, Shogakukan, ShoPro, Studio Ghibli, Tezuka Productions, Toei Animation, TMS Entertainment, Bandai Namco Games, Pierrot, and Bushiroad.
You can view the new Manga-Anime Guardians project website in the link below: