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Media Factory makes request to stop fansubbing

posted on 2004-12-09 20:25 EST
Legal Request Sent to Fansub Site

Media Factory, a Japanese anime distributor, has requested that all links to fansubs of shows it owns be removed from sites like Anime Suki.

According to Anime Suki, a law firm representing MediaWorks contacted Anime Suki in writing, requesting that the website, "uploading "works" (anime series) of MFI to our website and/or stop "inducing" our visitors to websites where their "works" can be downloaded." The full statement from Anime Suki can be read here.

Owning the rights to titles such as Genshiken, Gankutsuou, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, and School Rumble, Media Factory is among the first of Japanese distributors to ask that unauthorized distribution of their anime titles (regardless of whether or not there is an international licensor) cease. Anime News Network is not aware of any other Japanese company that has made a similar request for all its titles, although several companies have requested that certain works not be fansubbed (ie: Production I.G's request regarding Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, which was already "licensed" at the time).

This article has a follow-up: Fansubbers to Ignore Media Factory Request (2004-12-10 11:49)
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