NicoNico Douga has prostrated itself before the might of Japanese intellectual property cartels such as the AJA, JVA and MPAA, and Nico maintainer Dwango is now their willing and obedient slave in all matters, we hear. They have supinely expunged all content the groups deem infringing (and not just limited to anime), so they must be excused if their servers are a little bare at present.
In particular, anime producers led the efforts to subjugate the unruly user generated content company and community; the unfortunately named “Association of Japanese Animations”, counting such notables as Gonzo, Sunrise, and Ghibli amongst its ranks, stood crop in hand over the whimpering firm, and exacted the promise that all future submissions will be vetted to ensure no infringing content can be found. Via CNet.
Might this have some connection to the earlier scheme by the Japanese government to obliterate fansubbing and unauthorised sharing on video sites (ala Nico)? If so, we might expect some action on other fronts.
If only we could share information in a decentralised and anonymous fashion…