Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.


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Japanese Govt. crackdown on Fansubbing +

Stop anime FansubbersThe Japanese government is stepping in to help anime companies battle the pre-dominantly overseas trend of fansubbing anime titles.

In their new “Intellectual Property Strategic Program 2008”, the Japanese government aims to stop unauthorized online sharing of content and distribution. While the report doesn’t specifically mention fansubbing, it does leave hints that this year will lay the foundation for tackling this problem on a global scale.

Anime is a multi-billion dollar industry in Japan. It is only logical that they want to make sure they continue to see that money stay in Japan. To read the full Intellectual Property Strategic Program 2008,visit the English translation. Via Sankaku Complex.

6 Responses to “Japanese Govt. crackdown on Fansubbing”

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    Stop Fan-Subtitle! Pfft… | Bakaism Says:

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    SerenaMathewsNo Gravatar Says:

    If the U.S Distributors would actually dub properly and not cut episodes out they may see better sales. Online Fandubbes for Anime and JDorama is how i got introduced. Without it, I wouldn’t have gotten to know alot of Japanese Culture and History. (ie/ NHK Shinsengumi, Fuurin Kazan, Gokusen etc etc)

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    xorsystNo Gravatar Says:

    It’s such a double edged sword. Without fan-subs, we would be left way behind in anime because U.S. distributors cant keep up with the demand.

    Now, if say Japanese companies automatically subtitled their releases for different languages, that would be another option. However, that may hurt U.S. distributor’s sales numbers. Not everyone likes dubbed anime.

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    Al-sanNo Gravatar Says:

    I sense alot of haters and angry anime fans here in the US. But I say let the Japanese do whatever they want. Its thier stuff….

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    zeldAISNo Gravatar Says:

    indeed, metatron-dono – though let’s just see what happens.

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    metatronNo Gravatar Says:

    This looks grim

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