Japanese Government to Stop Illegal Anime Online

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

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It was reported by Yomiuri that on April 7, Japanese government has created a policy to revise the copyright laws to combat and take down a “Reach-Site” that is providing links for illegal anime and movie uploads. The Government’s goal is to take down the site, remove it from search results and arrest the owners.

This “Reach-Site” is not uploading or selling the content, in fact their profits actually come from ads on the pages. However due to the large amount of illegal content being viewed via those sites, the Japanese Government has finally decided to start taking action. In 2014 Japanese film, manga and anime piracy is responsible for causing about $2.5 billion in damages which was more than double the revenue from legitimate distribution methods(about $1.1 billion) according to this page.


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Justin joined Operation Rainfall after visiting the site numerous times and reading the articles on Xenoblade Chronicles. He enjoys searching for and collecting some of the more obscure video games out there.

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  • Speed12345

    “Damages”. What a hypocritical statement from Japanese Government. It’s because the piracy Anime/Manga like Naruto, Bleach and One Piece got popular in the rest of the world, making the owners profiting from licenses.

  • Mr0303

    You can’t stop piracy. In one form or another it will exist. They just need to provide better services to combat it.

  • RepeatingDigits

    Shut down one and a thousand more will pop up.

    • Overlord Laharl

      Hope they shut down kissanime,

  • DFTGamer

    I hope they are ready to put billions of dollars into paying the staff needed to take the place of the fan groups subing anime for free otherwise sales are going to plumet as people are generaly not willing to wait years for the licenced content to catch up.

    • Sylveria Shini

      They’re getting better, heck we even have stuff getting released legally, with decent subs within hours of its Japanese airing these days. But, there’s still a tremendous amount of stuff that’s just kinda floating out there with only fansub groups to bring it to people’s attention, outside of Japan anyway.

  • Mixed feelings on this one, best wait to see how things turn up after this.

  • Go2hell66

    isn’t this like the 20th time they’ve tried to do something like this?

  • Dgnfly

    Crunchyroll is garbage for europeans in selection. when i go to a illegal streaming site i can pick from all anime series that ever got released so i have plenty choice and unlike crunchy roll only 1 ad not 3 during watching.

    The whole bullshit about losing so much is pretty uch a bullshit statement considering i pirate but i also buy, they always act like when somebody torrent or watches it pirated that they have the money to pay for it. let them make a better trade deal with export cause thats what is killer for overseas fans i have to pay double for a figure then what a japanese person would have.

    I been watching anime pirated since the fansub days and still fansubs do a better job then the domestic releases in subs how about they fix that.

    In europe anime blu-ray releases are non existent we either gotta import from U.K which is now more expensive then from america. then there is the fact everything U.S is stuck with region A and europe licensors are missing content the U.S has havign to import a region A blu-ray player. Also releases in France and germany don’t get to high hopes with your native translations cause mostly they are crap i should know i seen crap native subittling when i was younger from english to dutch in the subtitles.

    • TalesOfBS

      “let them make a better trade deal with export cause thats what is
      killer for overseas fans i have to pay double for a figure then what a
      japanese person would have.”
      That is literally the root cause of piracy regarding pretty much everything. Overpriced stuff, expensive international shipping, lack of availability (stores that refuse gaijins) and sometimes taxes that anally rape your wallet without lube.

    • Dgnfly

      Its not the japanese side that makes it expensive the fact that they aren’t part off the whole European union makes it so expensive.
      its kinda a plus and a downside first its expensive for us that’s the downside but this is the only way that japan doesen’t fall into the delusional grip off the U.N with their demand japan changes for not bowing to their will. right now its more expensive cause they bumped up their tax rates for export and import. but for figures they have adisgusting deal off exclusivity like hobby japan where their figures are about 347 euro for a figure that is only a bit above a 100 euro in japan.

      Taxes in the west are beyond killer even the shipping is cheaper then taxes. overal the reasoning is complicated but they should just make a licensing deal for whole europe instead of certain regions considering the British pound is now even more expensive then the dollar so i now have to import anything anime.

      And in my opinion fans try and buy as much as they can.
      just look at my figure collection.

  • Superr Mann

    If it’s in another country there won’t be any arrests

  • Overlord Laharl

    Good job Japan.