This pretty much settles it, its become another RIAA case. Goodbye local anime scene, since its obvious the japanese themselves want to use this place as a testing ground for the rest of the world...
Last edited by garou12; 30th August 2007 at 08:25 PM.
From the article, I feel some of the statistic they quote are quite meaningless. For example, the per-capita rate of downloads. If the population is small, per-capita rates don't really translate into any form of significant numbers at all. But well, the appeal case still has to judge whether BayTSP's results can be used or not. If the talk about BayTSP's methods are real, that so-called 400K+ downloads could be just connected users. They still have to prove they are downloads in progress.
So let's just continue watching.
Last edited by Prismatic; 30th August 2007 at 09:37 PM.
interesting ... they seek help from big production houses of course no problem lah, still doesn't help the poorly paid artists behind the scene ... i wonder if the japanese companies know of Gamesmart
all i have to say is RIP anime scene in singapore. And if this clears the appeals court its gonna be a huge pandora's box not just locally but internationally as well, not just for anime...
By Foo Siew Shyan, Channel NewsAsia
SINGAPORE: Anime distributor Odex has defended its action against illegal downloaders as a form of enforcement against piracy rather than for profit.
Rumour has it that the company earned some S$15 million by taking action against illegal downloads.
Computer users, most of them teens, have been pilfering anime titles from the Web.
In fact, one report even ranked Singapore number one in the world, when it comes to illegal anime downloads per capita.
Odex has uncovered close to 500,000 cases of illegal downloading so far.
To further prove its point, Odex has roped in about 30 Japanese copyright holders who have said they will support Odex in its legal move.
That move saw Odex going to court to force SingNet and StarHub to release the names of its subscribers who have illegally downloaded its cartoons.
The result - a backlash against Odex.
Some people have accused the company of sending 1,000 warning letters, each supposedly called for the identified subscriber to pay between S$3,000 and S$5,000 in fines.
But at a news conference on Thursday, Odex said that there was no fine involved.
300 letters were sent out, it said.
About a third of the recipients settled with Odex for an undisclosed sum.
The rest are being mediated.
The company claimed that any excess money from the move, after deducting costs, will be donated to a charitable cause.
Odex added that no one was forced to pay beyond his/her means.
"This exercise was never meant to be just an enforcement. It's not a profiteering mission to get as much money from everybody. It was conceptualized with a very big picture (in mind). Illegal downloaders can download animes for all they want....five years, ten years, there will be nothing left to download. This is the fear that most strikes us. We want to address that situation," said Stephen Sing, director of Odex Pte Ltd.
That's why Odex still plans to continue what it calls its enforcement process.
Its target - an 80 or 90 percent reduction in illegal downloads.
That seems like quite a stretch, since the company has seen only a 17% drop in illegal downloads this month.
More importantly, Odex may not have the right to pursue its so-called enforcement after all.
Despite the company's success against SingTel and StarHub, a judge has ruled that Pacific Internet does not have to give up the names of its subscribers who have been accused of illegally downloading anime.
This is because the court found that Odex is just a sub-licensee and not the copyright owner or exclusive licensee for most of the anime titles sold in Singapore.
Odex says it will launch an appeal to reverse the latest court ruling. - CNA/ir
Anyone buys this?
This drama has escalated to another level, the way I see it, Odex cannot back down now, there's too much publicity and to back down now would have great consequences for the directors of Odex.
They started something which I think have reacted beyond what they expected. Unless their gameplan is so flawless, I can't imagine how anyone (Odex & anime fans / scene) can come out of this in one piece. Things have definitely changed.
I started this thread initially becoz I felt that something is seriously amiss in the case and so far I still do not believe that Odex is "clean" based on the other information posted here.
Btw, I wouldn't be surprised that the people in Odex are reading online posts / opinions on the case and are reacting to it. By criticising them online, we may have helped them cover their initial loopholes.
Anyway Odex if you are reading this, remember you can't fool all the people all the time.
well there are still many many unanswered questions, and many many undisclosed information, it's going to be a rough ride for those involved. i wonder if the japanese companies' confidence are going to be shaken if they know about the Gamesmart story, reputation is very important for them ...
09 Oct 09 officially marks the date I become a canon convert.