Recently Japan announced their new Anti-Piracy act targeted towards illegal Anime/Manga distribution sites. Since then a lot of people are worried about their go-to sites for Anime/Manga being shut down. Personally after talking to a few people who are really knowledgeable in this subject (people who run Anime/Manga sites and have experience with these sort of anti-piracy acts) I’ve came to the conclusion that this is pretty much a complete joke.
Here’s a few related links everyone concerned should actually check out.
tldr; They’re going to spend the next 5 months sending notices to all the sites on their list asking to remove the content.
tldr; Just a bunch of paper work and lists of sites. The lists aren’t the sites that are getting removed, they’re just the top visited sites with Anime/Manga related material from 2012-2013.
tldr; They made a site with a list of random shows and where to buy/pay-to-watch them.
tldr; Their mission statement on why Piracy is bad and affects the industry (pretty much the same excuse used in every Anti-Piracy act).
And lastly we have this joke of a video that some genius came up with thinking it would promote Anti-Piracy and at the same time, give people an impression that Anime/Manga Piracy will end soon. Spoiler: This video is cute.
If the video isn’t showing below then refer to this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPa03aSb5oA
While there are bound to be sites who will get screwed over because of this, the majority of the sites (especially the big ones) won’t be affected at all. They can’t force their way through the sites that are hosted in regions where they aren’t able to reach/touch. The most they will do is send out notices/requests to take down the content on the site. Companies like CrunchyRoll and Funimation have been sending out DMCA notices for quite a while with no results in their favor. People are panicking and worrying over this when in reality, this is really no different from the Anti-Piracy acts in the past. The results will be similar if not, the same. Over the next 5 months all they’ll do is send out notices to take down the content but in the end they’ll realize how futile it was and everything about this will just die down.
I believe nothing will change and everyone will just forget this even existed in the upcoming month. Currently everyone is just panicking and spreading false rumors and concerns everywhere while they don’t even know what is exactly going on. While all of this is my personal opinion and I have no proof that nothing will happen, it’s a thought-out prediction based on information I’ve gathered and past Anti-Piracy attempts. If for some god forbid reason this act actually causes huge harm to big sites, please don’t kill me saying I promised nothing would happen, Thanks.