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Three people arrested for unauthorized sharing of latest Makoto Shinaki film

Sharing is NOT caring
Feb 21
// Red Veron
Japan is the country that is really strict with their copyrights, especially in certain segments of their entertainment industry, and they take piracy very seriously when it comes music and anime. Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Your Name., was found to be "shared without permission" by three suspects in Osaka Prefecture who were charged for violating the Copyright Act.
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Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

Just stop
Oct 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When ...
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Bodacious Space Pirates

There are Space Pirates in this rather Bodacious trailer

I bet you can't guess what show this is
Dec 20
// Chris Walden
I have a confession to make. I haven't actually watched Bodacious Space Pirates before.  Yes, that's right, which is kinda odd even for me as it looks like just the right kind of dumb that I'd be into. It might just be ...

Denno Coil app is both great and awful

Feb 24
// Pedro Cortes
With piracy so utterly rampant in the anime industry, companies are trying to find different ways to provide legal copies of their material to consumers. Sites like Crunchy Roll and publishers like FUNimation stream old and c...


You've probably heard the common assertion that dirty pirates and fansubs spell ruin for the anime industry. Every time a person downloads an episode of their favorite Japanese cartoon, not only does a baby kitten die, but a ...


Fractale starts streaming again tomorrow

Jan 23
// Bob Muir
Well that was fast.Last Thursday, the Fractale Production Committee told FUNimation that they were stopping their simulcast of Fractale. What they wanted FUNimation to do was "eliminate all unauthorized videos ...

Cunning pirate charged for making crappy audio recording

Jan 20
// Bob Muir
Okay Japan, we get it, you've got a tough stance on piracy and people stealing content. That's why you'll throw the book at the occasional small offense while many big offenses go unpunished in the West, especially in places ...

Rare manga being revived as PDF by Love Hina mangaka

Dec 09
// Dale North
I know what you're thinking. PDF scanned manga certainly is a new thing. Piracy, right? We told you earlier how Love Hina creator Ken Akamatsu plans to fight the good fight by distributing PDF versions of his work f...

Book by a burglar becomes best-selling...well, book

Nov 28
// Bob Muir
Say you've spent your life breaking into people's houses and stealing stuff. You haven't been caught so far, so it makes sense that you'd want to continue keeping a low profile, right? So you would avoid, say, publishing a bo...

Love Hina creator to launch free manga site in January

Nov 17
// Pedro Cortes
Now this is how publishers should go about the icky piracy issue. Ken Akamatsu, the master pervy mangaka behind Love Hina and Mahou Sensei Negima, will be opening a website called J-Comi that will distribute out-of-print mang...

ANN apologizes for OreImo-gate, suspends its streams

Oct 14
// Josh Tolentino
Ouch. If you didn't know it yet, the incident Lauren has dubbed "OreImo-gate" happened. While simulcast leaks aren't exactly new, The Anime News Network was a relatively new entry into the field. As such, some face-...

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