A new international group to fight manga and anime piracy

An international organization will be launched this month to protect manga and anime from piracy. Members of the International Anti-Piracy Organization will include copyright protection groups and government agencies from 13 countries, including Japan, the United States, South Korea and the Philippines. Groups based in China and Europe are also showing interest in membership.

The organization will search for illegal sites. It will provide its findings to the authorities of the countries concerned or urge them to open investigations.

Pirate site operators usually establish their bases outside the countries where the copyright holders are based to avoid investigation. Thus, links between the authorities of different nations are essential.
The Content Overseas Distribution Association of Japan will manage the new organization for the time being.

Goto Takero, representative director of the Content Overseas Distribution Association, says each country has its own copyright law, but how each country enforces the law on pirated goods varies widely. He says it is necessary to intensify international cooperation.

The financial damage of piracy far exceeds the size of the legitimate manga market. Japanese manga and anime that enjoy international popularity are often targeted.

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