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Media Factory Inc. cracks down on fansubs

Scary developments for Japanese fansub fans; Gen Kanai points to an announcement at Animesuki, which received a notice-and-takedown like request from Media Factory Inc.:

On December 7, 2004 AnimeSuki received an email from a Tokyo law firm who represents the interests of Media Factory Inc. (a Japanese anime studio) requesting us to stop uploading “works” (anime series) of MFI to our website and/or stop “inducing” our visitors to websites where their “works” can be downloaded.

Needless to say, AnimeSuki has never offered direct downloads of any anime series, nor (with very few exceptions) had anything to do with facilitating the downloading of any of the anime series listed on the site.

Not wanting to get into legal trouble, Animesuki removed all links to fansubs of Media Factory Inc.’s content. Curious if this is a single event, or else, the sign of more to come…

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  1. Down with media factory. First they ruined my dear dear genshiken and now this.

    » Alt on February 6th, 2005 at 00:23

  2. Ummmm….
    I don’t think it’s a BAD thing that Media Factory did this. I think it’s a step toward them recognizing the international market && the problem U.S. distributors have with fansubs. Frankly, I think they’ve made a big positive step for global anime production && distribution! So many folks get upset about Japanese companies NOT releasing simultaneous regions && languages without realizing that that takes MORE money && resources, and that there are U.S. companies already in place for producing legitimate English translations of this stuff. While they don’t all do a great job of it, they do try to respond to the market, and they just need more effective feedback. How can anyone accuse Media Factory of ruining one of their own programs, when it was produced and distributed domestically by a DIFFERENT company?! Sometimes Americans can be SO nearsighted and out of touch!

    » Anonymous on September 6th, 2005 at 10:50

  3. A big step?

    Not realy. I think japaneese companies are jsut now growing the balls to sue people. But why threaten animesuki? WHy not the ones doing the fansubbing.

    If they really want to take a step towards global anime distribution(which will never happen.) Since anime is a fancy way of saying japaneese animation. Which aime just really means cartoons i mean lets face it. Shit in Japan is never gonna come to the states. Yet Japan lterally lives off the USA influence.

    » Anonymous on September 20th, 2005 at 14:21

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