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Singaporean Otaku appear to be in trouble once again

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As wise men usually state, appearances are deceiving, such is true with the recent news coming out of Singapore. The High Court made a decision that the internet service provider Pacific Internet or PacNet will have to hand in information of all those who participated in downloading anime. This information will then be given directly to the studios who produced the named anime. The studio then has the right to sue the poor otaku for infringing on their copyright.

So you are probably wondering how this is a good thing? For starters, this information is not being sent to Singapore-based anime distributor Odex, or as we in the business like to call them, stick-up-their-ass distributor Odex. In fact they fought long and hard in the courts to try to get this list of names, but horribly lost in the process. So much so that the Judge forced Odex to pay for PacNet’s legal fees of $20,000.

The reason why this is good is because, for the most part, the downloaders are safe from civil suits. The reason behind this thought process is of course money. Does Kadokawa loose more money after an individual downloads an episode, or when they sue them from overseas. Of course the latter option is extremely expensive and requires a lot of work to be put into fruition. Not to mention people like Japanator will write mean articles (with funny pictures) and the fansubbing community will be up in arms against the studio who preformed the sue attack.  

Welcome back Singaporean brothers to the world of anime! You can check out a scanned image of the article down below.

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