Japan Is Protecting Its Anime With Anti-Piracy Hires (Motherboard)


The Japanese government is adding a new weapon in its fight against online anime (and other video) piracy: human eyes.

Previously, Japan’s Ministry of Trade, Economy, and Industry (METI) was solely reliant on computer software to spot bootlegged online content, but as some material slips through these monitoring systems, it’s now enlisted the help of human anti-piracy experts. Their job will be to hunt out and monitor the forums and sites where material is uploaded and shared illegally.

“If you’re thinking about it from the industry and government’s point of view, the more different sets of eyes you have on piracy, the better off you are,” Rayna Denison, a senior lecturer and researcher on Japanese creative industries at the University of East Anglia, told me over the phone.