Hated Singapore anime licensor Odex continues its crusade against torrent using anime downloaders in Singapore, with its most recent move being to enlist the help of a number of Japanese studios to take legal action against a few downloaders who declined to roll over and pay a settlement.
Odex, which assures us its actions are definitely not “a profiteering mission to get as much money from everybody”, originally took action against naive torrent users after demanding user data from ISPs and enlisting the services of dubious anti-piracy companies, only to be rebuffed by the courts.
The studios, Showgate, Geneon Entertainment, TV Tokyo, GDH, and Sunrise, must all involve themselves (at least by proxy), as the earlier court ruling held that Odex could not itself sue, and that only the original copyright holders could act. Odex thus roped in the studios concerned to continue its actions.
Supposedly, Odex is not behind this most recent set of actions, although this leaves open the question of why Japanese studios would bother with litigation in Singapore.
A simplistic PR attempt to stop any more ill will being generated against the company by trying to portray the campaign as the actions of a third party, perhaps?
Amusingly, the company itself still hasn’t restored its website after it was hacked during the last fracas…