Anime News Editorial – Is This Legal?

marzgurl | Oct 21 2009 | more 

So, I finished my latest video late last night, and it was posted to TGWTG early this morning.

I’d be more than happy to discuss anything regarding any of the subject matter in the video right here in the comments of this blog.

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  • The only thing that stood out as odd was towards the end when it seemed you may have been making a concession towards the sharing by suggesting region locks to locations that don’t actively combat privacy. Regardless, while the DMCA is the most commonly known and militantly enforced standard for the US and many countries that do business with us, regardless of their direct acceptance or not, the Berne Convention is the most overarching set of copyright standards internationally; forgive me if I missed you mentioning it, but it’s a good location to go and check whether or not a country you wish to share media with considers your act a violation. Further, with regards to file sharing, the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (more commonly known as WIPO) is probably the best source to learn what a country views as a violation in light of more recent technological advancements, as it was created in part to address these advancements and their impact on copyright, which the US absorbed and implemented through the usage of the DMCA.

    • Combat piracy, I meant. Sorry for the awkward mistype.

  • Im not trying to start an argument with this comment. I just want to start a debate more than anything.

    Your videos, as well as the videos of most of the people on tgwtg.com are in a legally grey area. In some countries, they will be breaking copyright laws. If you had the ability would you block users from these countries from viewing your videos, like you suggested in this video?

    • We’ve determined that, at least by US law, the videos we put on TGWTG are technically considered Fair Use within the USA. Past that, I’m not familiar with other coutries’ copyright laws. If another country wanted me to make may videos unavailable to their audience, I’d gladly region block them.

  • Karma

    I’ll admit to torrenting anime. Its just always been easier, and of course, cheaper. With the dawning of Funimation’s youtube channel, and from what you’re saying, their website itself, I guess, and the news that Crunchy Roll is now a legitimate site now (It used to just be crummy youtube embedding, from what I remember), if I think to, watching on those sites would be more effective.
    -faster, don’t have to wait for torrent speeds
    -accessible from campus, where a firewall blocks torrents
    -and of course, supporting the company.

    A topic you didn’t touch at all was the major argument “DVDs are so expensive!”, which I’m curious on your thoughts. A lot of the time, with major shows at least, you can find relatively good deals, I happily payed for Ouran Host Club, at about $20 each for the two volumes, but then other times you’re not only hardpressed to find an unknown show, and when you finally do, the price is very high. $90 for a 13 episode series is tough to explain (Series I’m talking about is Legend of Black Heaven, I did end up buying it when I found a great deal at a con, $75, the $90 was from a few years back, doubt the price could’ve gone down much though)