Why and How - Anime - Manga - Asian Cinema - STILL TO DO
Note to fans: This page is obviously under construction, Several companies have been very slow in responding and I have been so busy I am doing a poor job of following up, I hope to do better soon. This tells me that the need for such a page is greater than I originally anticipated. After all if my email sent to the address on the company web pages have not been answered what would happen to your report of a pirated video.
Why and How:
Why this page?
Pirated anime, manga and live action Asian cinema is eroding the sales of companies that bring quality merchandise to the English speaking world.
This has several results:
Retailers that are struggling to maintain legitimate stock lose customers to unscrupulous dealers of pirated goods.
Another is that the companies that license these titles have reduced sales and cash flow, this means they are paying less money to the original creators who then have fewer resources to produce more works.
Lower sales also means that companies often have to charge more for their products. If more copies of titles sell the prices can be dropped without a loss in revenue as even more sales can result from a growing customer base.
While this page is largely targeted at the United States I hope it will also be of use to fans in other countries.
How do you know which goods are pirated?
For Anime: Check The Pirate Anime FAQ a site which does a good job of identifying the worst offenders .
For live action cinema: There is currently no FAQ, however I am talking with people in the industry about setting one up.
Another good place to check for anime and some, mainly Japanese, live action films is The Right Stuf which maintains a very large catalog of titles released in the US. This is also a good place to find out who in the US has released an anime and many Asian live action titles. Another good site to locate if an anime title has been licensed is the Anime News Network Encyclopedia.
How do you report a seller of pirated goods?
When you do spot an outlet, either a storefront or online dealer, selling pirated goods you can report it to a proper address listed below. Be sure to identify some specific titles when you do so. If the dealer has a web page that lists pirated goods report include the URL.
If you find a dealer at a convention selling such goods ask the dealer for their business card and later report them to the rights holders. You should also immediately report the dealer a convention staff member. Many conventions will force the dealer to remove the stock from their table or eject them from the convention.
If a rights holder also has a presence in the dealers room you can let them know directly and then they can get the staff to handle the matter.
It is also a good idea to report offendors to more than one company, this places greater preasure on them to clean up their act.
For online dealers you can also do a WhoIs search for their domain information. Copy and past the resulting data from the search and include it with your report.
Anime Companies (email only, for links to company web pages see my Release Date Information Sources page.:
Further information: Disney antipiracy statement.
Critical Mass see The Right Stuf
Ghibli - send reports to Buena Vista
Studio Ghibli - send reports to Buena Vista
VIZ Media - no current email address, see their web site for contact information.
The major distributor of Hong Kong cinema to the English speaking world. They also have an that can be used for such reports
STILL TO DO - requests for an email address to use for reporting pirates sent to most of the following in early March 2006.
Anime 18 see Central Park Media
Anime Works - A branch of Media Blasters
Arts Magic - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Bandai Visual USA - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Broccoli International USA - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Central Park Media (Software Sculptors/US Manga Corps/Anime 18/CPM Manga) - follow up message sent 5-13-06
Image Entertainment - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
JapanAnime. - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Kitty see Media Blasters
Manga Entertainment USA - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Media Blasters - no contact information listed on their web site. - initial message sent 5-13-06
Software Sculptors see Central Park Media
Synch-Point handled by Broccoli International USA
TOKYOPOP - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
US Manga Corps see Central Park Media
a sub-division of CPM Manga.
a divsion of DC Comics
Del Rey Manga.
Warning: This is an adult site.
Warning: This is an adult site.
Arts Magic - follow up message sent 5-13-06
Asia Pulp Cinema: see Central Park Media
Home Vision Entertainment - Part of Image Entertainment
Pathfinder Pictures. - follow up messages sent 5-13-06, 12-06-07
Tokyo Shock a division of Media Blasters. - no contact information listed on their web site. - initial message sent 5-13-06
TidePoint Pictures - initial message sent 5-13-06
Page Created January 11, 2006 - Modified March 5, 2011
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