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AnimeSuki (from Japanese anime and Template:Nihongo) is a website that focuses on providing unlicensed anime fansubs using the BitTorrent peer-to-peer system. The website was created by GHDpro on December 26, 2002.[1] Animesuki is not a tracker; instead, it provides links to many trackers across the web. It does not list pornography and "ecchi" episodes are listed with a warning.

Copyright situationEdit

The site only links to anime that has not been licensed by any American companies. Once a title is licensed, the corresponding fansub links are removed from the site and the series is listed on its licensed list. Nonetheless, although none of the files are hosted on the site itself, AnimeSuki could be held accountable for violating copyright law, as linking to sites that themselves infringe on the law has been considered a form of contributory infringement in the United States (Intellectual Reserve v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry).

Though fansubs are technically copyright violations, AnimeSuki's legal page alleges that the WTO TRIPS Agreement specifies that the distribution of copyrighted material is only necessarily illegal when done on a commercial scale, thus making it difficult for anyone besides the copyright holder to prosecute fansubbers. To date, only one Japanese company, Media Factory, has requested its content removed from the site.[2] However, Funimation has also sent them a cease and desist letter concerning several titles, which were promptly removed.[3] In Singapore, Odex has specifically singled out AnimeSuki as a source to target its downloaders with legal action.Template:Fact

AnimeSuki is also known for erring on the side of caution regarding licenses. Even though some series such as Hanaukyo Maids were not initially licensed, AnimeSuki kept them from being listed because of the likelihood that Geneon would secure the rights to it. In addition, AnimeSuki still does not list episodes from the S or SuperS seasons of Sailor Moon, even though all five seasons of the anime are unlicensed in the United States.Template:Fact

ODEX Reference siteEdit

In 2007, ODEX animation company, based in Singapore, allegedly monitored the site for P2P file-sharing sources. The company had tracked some IP addresses leading back to Singapore and then proceeded with legal actions against them. This action had sparked media controversy among anime fans in Singapore and gained some international reaction, particularly from anime fans around the world.Template:Fact

ReferencesEdit

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