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Chinese Government To Acquire Licenses of Japanese Anime To Eliminate Piracy

by dtshyk
Feb 17, 2012 5:17 AM | 57 Comments
According to Iza News, the Chinese government will acquire the airing rights of Japanese anime and open a website exclusively used for streaming the anime programs. The Chinese Copyrights Protection Center will play the major role in the negotiations with the Japanese producers and in the management of the licenses. The Chinese government intends to eliminate the widespread piracy by obtaining the licenses on its own. If the system runs successfully, China will establish similar systems with the US and South Korea.

Source: Iza News

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Hmm... maybe good, maybe not good. I actually DO rely on Chinese fansubs, especially since my government has shut down megaupload and related streaming sites. I could use torrents, but I don't really trust them due to viruses and stuff. What I'm nervous about is that China will now make it so that no one outside of China can view anime on their sites, which would be bad for me. I frequently go to tudou (a Chinese video sharing website, like youtube) for my anime, and already, I can't watch Amagami SS Plus because the message claimed that it was already licensed in China. All the other ones work just fine, though. I'm nervous that all anime from Chinese websites will soon have this message. Bleh.

Oh well, maybe it might do some good for the anime industry if China steps up. Or not. Who knows?

Feb 18, 2012 5:56 PM by guyklc

That's great, now what are they gonna do about their fucking hordes of bootlegs?

Feb 18, 2012 3:19 PM by wingless

Sounds good to me. I know piracy is a pain, but at least this will help cut down on some of the crap. But the one thing that irks me is a lot of fake stuff is sold in china, so either this is a step in the right direction(better anime sales, profits etc), or this is a pretty subtle oxymoron.

Feb 18, 2012 2:11 PM by MortaLPortaL

Rasmu said:


Retro8bit said:
godeater360 said:
no more fansubs then?

Well, maybe only Chinese fansub groups. But then again America might get some ideas from this. :(

Feb 18, 2012 12:16 PM by Nimnutter


Feb 18, 2012 12:06 PM by nhavy

godeater360 said:
no more fansubs then?

That better not happen! >:(

Feb 18, 2012 12:05 PM by Retro8bit

What do you get when China tries to distribute anime?

Http:// :)

Feb 18, 2012 11:49 AM by Divergence_1_EVO

Wow really china and japan good luck if pass it.

Feb 18, 2012 10:27 AM by Anime_Freak_0101

Code Geass r1 will be very popular in China.

Feb 18, 2012 9:18 AM by MasterXionic

Adair said:
octal9 said:
hate to imagine the amount of censorship that will go on in china once they license japanese product - will there be any show left?

Dude, really? I grew up watching anime in China. I can assure you that theres very little censorship on Chinese aired anime.

Now, anime on American TV....

So did I! I was just reminded how Shin-chan penis is always shown...

Feb 18, 2012 9:05 AM by GodlyKyon

I don't see how this will stop English fansubs in any way. All I can see now is that they will dub the Japanese anime sell it in China and more money will flow to the producers creating bigger budgets and possibly more anime aired per season. I'm definitely sure fansub will never really die out. The bigger companies can ask them to take it out once it's licensed but even then there's always 100 other torrents and direct downloads to get your hand on it. Now if the damn streamers would actually have good translations without censoring the curse words or "Americanize" it and have HQ I would maybe consider paying for it. Either way, it's good to see that China is interested in more than just buying Japanese technology but also their culture. More money is always a good stuff.

Feb 18, 2012 8:17 AM by Quiraj

Good for the Chinese.But isn't that a country synonymous with bootlegs?

Feb 18, 2012 8:08 AM by ezikialrage

I don't see a problem with it and it might actually be good...

Feb 18, 2012 4:45 AM by Tomislavr7

Hopefully the fansubs won't be eliminated as a person stated above.

that would be NOOO

Feb 18, 2012 3:12 AM by jefba

Well, a step forward at least.

Feb 18, 2012 3:04 AM by SensouNoKami

The words "China" and "anti-piracy" somewhat contradict each other.

Feb 18, 2012 2:15 AM by arcunhacked

Oooh, I saw some Katekyou Hitman Reborn! when I visited mainland China a couple years ago. The violence was not censored at all. I also saw The Cat's Eye in China in the early 2000s, which was also quite good, even though I only saw one episode. Left a deep impression on a young me.

It is both sad and hilarious to see so many stereotypes popping up on this thread, though I certainly won't deny that China has a deep-seated piracy problem. I wholeheartedly support the Chinese government's efforts. We don't know if the anime will be censored, though I know for sure that any anime that strongly criticizes the Harmonious Society will not be licensed.

Good for China. Good for Japan too.

Feb 18, 2012 1:08 AM by Jazze

Sounds good I guess...?

Feb 17, 2012 9:51 PM by OriginANIME

> China
> Eliminating Piracy

Funny stuff there.

Feb 17, 2012 9:35 PM by justanotheruser1

Pfft, hahahahaha

Good luck with the "elimination of piracy" thing.

Feb 17, 2012 8:47 PM by Dreadnaught_500