Funimation Sues 1337 Anime Pirates

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Funimation is suing 1337 anime pirates for pirating a pirate anime.

The lawsuit, alleging copyright infringement and filed in a Texas court, accuses 1,337 IP addresses of the illegal bit-torrent distribution of episode 481 of One Piece.

The suit demands they delete the episode and desist from further unauthorised distribution, as well as possibly seeking damages and costs.

The actual identities of the alleged pirates the IP addresses belong to (“John Does”) would normally be included into the suit at a later date pending further investigation.

As the anime most widely available through legal channels the world over (being both simulcast and released onto DVD in unedited form), even the most self-righteous of anime pirates are likely to have trouble justifying illegal distribution of One Piece – not that this is likely to stop them trying.

However, some are speculating that the real reason behind the suit may be a reaction to the recent scape-goating of Funimation for the piracy of various simulcast series, and the unusual display of litigative wit in the selection of “1337” defendants certainly suggests an ulterior motive beyond the usual butting of heads between Internet and copyright holders.


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    Avatar of Ryan Saotome
    Comment by Ryan Saotome
    19:09 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You can tell that the people at Funimation have a sense of humour at least, with the amount of people they decided to sue.

    Not like this lawsuit will get them anywhere, though

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    Comment by HouseLife
    19:35 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    It won't, but to be honest, if that was an intentional number, then I actually totally support the hell out of them. I honestly don't care if that makes me exceptionally shallow, that's like an adult swim bump style humor ^^

    Either way, the reality is Funimation is between a rock and a hard place in this case. I'm sure they think similar to us on this, as in the only people the Japanese were hurting were Funimation themselves, by completely removing ANY profitability for the episode, rather than getting at least some. Unfortunately, as generally cool as Funimation is regarding not going overboard about the foolishness of the fandom, when it comes down to the political perceptions the Japanese have of American companies and anime distributors, they were basically handed a carrot on the edge of a fishing rod and were baited into this move.

    In this case it's not Funimation that deserves any retribution or blame, but the foolish Japanese who demanded this ridiculousness of them in some strange ploy to see what power they have over them. I'm all for controlling piracy and forcing spoiled whiny brats to actually support the good stuff (especially now that the official companies have smartened up a lot), but there are ways to handle it. Simulcast is one of the key ways. I believe in people too much for that simulcast pulling decision to process effectively in my mind as something intelligent.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    20:41 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Oh well. I'll root for Funimation regardless. Unlike other companies that couldn't adapt and have fallen by the wayside, Funimation has constantly gotten better for it. Even for Funi, the lawsuit seems like a drop in a pond. They have DVDs and streams available every-freakin-where including Youtube. So they probably will win on the availability front. Not sure about keeping them down when they're a group of anons though.

    As for other anime distributions, I'm in much more favor of fansubs and other releases as long as they don't have any concrete plans for a western release. And I must admit, I must get my new anime NOW! I'm guilty.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    21:17 26/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Funimation is suing 1337 anime pirates for pirating a pirate anime.

    I just love the pun in there!

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    Comment by Bazzyrick
    21:23 26/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Should of posted this at 13:37.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa

    I cannot understand why people would illegally spread this around when it is legally availible for free. This is entirely stupid, as this leaves the grey area of what manga and anime fansubbing lives in.

    Really all depends on how much funimation pushs this lawsuit really, I'm thinking they may start pushing harder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Some People dont like funimation subs, plain and simple

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    Comment by TNinja
    23:31 26/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Funimation is suing 1337 anime pirates for pirating a pirate anime."

    Say that line fast. Quickly!

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    Comment by Crim
    01:34 27/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Why does it honestly feel like Funimation is just trolling us

    Avatar of Megidola
    Comment by Megidola
    01:57 27/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Forget the Elite 4, now we have the Elite 1337.

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto

    @Lonespica Think again, pal. All Funimation subs sucks ass!

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:05 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @TNinja,tried,it's fun!

    Comment by Anonymous

    why 133y 15 0ur fr13n|)

    1 4M 50 54|)

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    Comment by Kai
    03:10 27/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    It's not legally free all around the world, as Funimation only allows the stream to be accessed by US and maybe a couple of countries. The internet being global and all that mean millions of people do not have access legally. Until content producers get it through their heads that the world is bigger then japan and the US they won't make as much money.

    Avatar of VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego
    03:40 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Funimation is bullshit, just like 4Kids Entertainment!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "My question is this, how can Funimation sue the people for copyright infringement if they don't own the copyright for the property."

    A: An Exclusive License

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Anon 23:24

    Well those same people are willing to watch those same bad subs on a fansub website?

    WTF!? People are crazy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One of the management looking dudes with funimation has a tatoo of binary code on his arm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 26/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    1337? O U so funi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    lol.. i see what you did thar~!

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    Comment by Jareth
    20:14 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Only 1337? Wow, that's too damn FEW.
    I don't think it's even 5% of all the pirate otakus who use BT worldwide. Especially that we're talking about One Piece here.

    06:35 27/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Likely not even .5% and IPs of individual computers are very weak evidence that is nearly worthless in court because of the nature of how the internet works.
    It really depends how technically inept the judge and jury are.
    If you have the slightest clue you'd know they can be spoofed and logs can be altered.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    20:36 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Deletes 481...
    Waits for 482...

    Problem?

    Comment by Anonymous

    who the hell is still download one peice?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:23 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Surprisingly, many still do, but what a waste of space =_=

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    never dld a single piece
    and yet another reason to avoid it, especially 481 (soap operas anyone?) on top of wasted space
    all the pieces fit together

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Yoshii-kun:

    Surprisingly, ONE PIECE KICKS IN THE ASS TO ALL THE MOETARD ANIME YOU'VE EVER SEEN :D

    Avatar of VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego
    03:32 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Anon 03:09

    Surprisingly, ONE PIECE SUCKS ASS, like you! :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Surprisingly, ONE PIECE KICKS IN THE ASS TO ALL THE MOETARD ANIME YOU'VE EVER SEEN :D

    -KICKS
    +TAKES

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 27/05/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 28/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego:

    You're stupid enough to not find out that you are an asshole and you can suck my dick with the bitch of Yoshii-kun, like I said, fuck you good shonen anime haters, moe animes are finished...

    Avatar of VVayfarer's Yuri Alter Ego

    @06:20 Yeah and fuck you anon! Anons are anals! Go suck my other self's dick, bitch!

    Fairy Tail is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than One Piss!

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    Comment by King Tiger
    22:20 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    wow! Funimation actually followed Fractale's orders? all in the name of profit I presume

    on a side note though there are many more pirate sites outside the U.S. so I wonder if they're going to sue them as well?

    I'd imagine they may not have such "jurisdiction" in areas where they don't have business with....

    Comment by Anonymous

    I doubt the two are directly connected. Fractale is handled by a completely different studio.

    09:51 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The wiki says Ordet and A-1 Pictures pinched off that loaf.
    Funimation is just a distributor.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractale
    Really it would have been no big loss to loose distribution rights as both companies are tiny and don't carry many big titles.

    In fact Ordet and A-1 Pictures should be extremely grateful a company like Funimation picked up one of their productions as otherwise they'd have no US sales.

    06:29 27/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Fractale is shit I would have ignored it.
    As far as I'm concerned A-1 Pictures can go bankrupt.
    If they sue individual pirates it will actually cost them more money then they'd gain.
    What happens if you sue someone who can't afford to pay they declare bankruptcy.
    At best the lawyer might seize their house but in this real estate market it will sell for next to nothing.

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    Comment by InsaneLampshade
    21:25 26/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "As the anime most widely available through legal channels the world over (being both simulcast and released onto DVD in unedited form)"

    Sorry, did Funimation write that? I'm not sure "America" = "the world over".

    I see no legal simulcast of One Piece in the UK.

    And as the great Lance from Funimation said himself; we shouldn't be buying DVD's from outside the region they were intended for. So that means no DVD's for us either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Its not even America, but just a tiny puny country called United States. I doubt you could watch simulcast of One Piece in Chile or Colombia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Again, this is not FUNimation's fault. It's a U.S. company for U.S. citizens. The reason you guys in other countries don't get Anime simulcast or distributed is because of your own country's import laws. The only countries that should be complaining is either Canada or Mexico. DVDs for U.S. fall under Region 1. DVDs for U.K. falls under Region 2. This world has 4 Regions for DVD distribution as well as video online distribution.

    FUNimation is a U.S. company under Region 1, countries also...Canada, Mexico and there might be more.

    All I'm saying is you're blaming the wrong company. Blame the companies in your own country for not allowing the streams or distribution to happen. Maybe FUNimation is sending stuff worldwide, and maybe its' due to the fact that some countries are too lazy to respond...

    Who knows?

    I don't mean to be mean but I'm just saying.

    Avatar of InsaneLampshade
    Comment by InsaneLampshade
    22:37 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wasn't complaining about Funimation not providing me with One Piece, heck I don't even watch One Piece.

    I was just pointing out that it's not "widely available through legal channels the world over" as the article says.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 27/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'm not holding it against Funi. I'm just continuing to watch fansubs until a worthy alternative is available where I live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:35 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually im pretty sure there are 6 regions

    and that six is just china they have a whole region to themselves

    though i may be mistaken

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:44 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, you're right.

    I just hate how people blame companies in "DIFFERENT COUNTRIES" than their own, but that they should be blaming their own goverments.

    Because I hear the same stuff over and over, that I say this.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "And as the great Lance from Funimation said himself; we shouldn't be buying DVD's from outside the region they were intended for. So that means no DVD's for us either."

    Gotta link to that quote?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    http://blog.funimation.com/2011/01/anime-simulcasts-territory-rights-and-the-future/

    tl;dr : respect region restrictions

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    Comment by Artefact

    This is of course the greatest failing of the anime industry today - it is not reasonable to expect regional distribution rights to function over the Internet in the absence of firm barriers (such as language).

    It's pretty obvious what happens - everyone hears about a thing on an international site, and everyone who gets turned away from the region locked distributor just gets it illegally themselves. It is not reasonable to expect them to wait for the possibility their region will finally gain a distributor and be left behind...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    They can't seriously think they can beat Leet? It's gonna be a MONSTER KILL!

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    19:33 26/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Kiiilllll frenzy.

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    Comment by Gradius
    10:40 28/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funanimation thinks is the world!

    PFF!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:30 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funimation could die for all I care
    They have ruined anime and they're doing this just to ruin anime even further

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:06 26/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You probably never bought a damn thing in your life grade schooler. Stop acting like you're important.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 27/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yea. I fail to see how Funimation has ruined anime. They have been the one company I see stateside that has been working hard on changing the old status quo that was hurting anime.

    The big one Being high DVD prices. If you say they are too high, well kid. 10+ years ago, you had to pay $30 for 3-4 episode dvd's. With Funimation today, that gets you a 12-13 episode thinpack.

    Then there is the fact that you can watch nearly every funimation on a free stream.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also Japanese DVD/BD's are way more expensive than that and there are only 2-3 episodes er volume.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funimation crams too many episodes on a single disc, leaving the content with very little bitrate.

    If you love blocky & bluffed picture, Funimation is your personal butt buddy. If you don't, then they're clearly the antichrist.

    Plus their older English dubbed anime is absolutely horrid. It grates the ears like the sounds of a thousand Japanese girls squealing in unison.

    Me, I'd rather pay 25 bucks for 3-4 episodes and not have shitty picture or low quality voice acting. So fuck Funi, fuck them right up their fucking asses.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    pay $30 for 3-4 episode dvd's. = almost same price now in russia =x (or it get cheaper o.o)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:18 30/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a) FUNi's video is getting better, it's not as ugly as it's been, b) they plaster uncut everywhere on their ads and the dvds for a reason (inb4 you don't have to listen to the english audio if you don't want to), c) the reason why the dubs are so bad are because they don't have the time to allow the actors to get into character and all the things necessary for an actor to do his/her job correctly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you know that funimation is not 4kids, right?
    You could die for all I care.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:00 27/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol, wtf did funimation do to "ruin anime?" Can't believe such a butthurt, nonsensical comment gets upvoted around here.







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