Monday, November 19, 2007

Emails sent....otaku panic

and rightfully so, really.

Anime News Network, the Otaku and (the blogger)Gia have all posted info about a thread in the AnimeSuki forums. Essentially, users were sent notices that they were participating in copyright infringement via Bittorrent anime downloads. The notices cite the DMCA.

(copy & pasted from
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law which implements two 1996 WIPO treaties. It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services that are used to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works (commonly known as DRM) and criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, even when there is no infringement of copyright itself. It also heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.

This has the possibility of turning into a 'big deal', although most anime fans know that this is likely not the end of fansubbing.

As a concerned fan, I'd check out the larger articles at the following sites:
a geek by any other name (gia)
the Otaku
and the (very long) AnimeSuki thread which lists specific titles being mentioned.

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