JAPAN ABOUT TO LAUNCH INTERNATIONAL ANTI-PIRACY ORGANIZATION (IAPO) IN APRIL TO FIGHT ANIME PIRACY
Back in January, the Japan-based anti-piracy group CODA (Content Overseas Distribution Association) announced that by April they would launch an international body which will fight online piracy for anime, manga and other similar content which is protected by copyright. Copyright protection organizations, companies and groups from more than 10 nations will join forces to create the International Anti-Piracy Organization where they will exchange information as well as assist the local law enforcement agencies conduct their criminal investigations related to piracy.
Only in Japan it’s estimated that anime piracy costs about $7 billion each year while in USA more than $9 billion. Amine and manga piracy has existed along with the birth of television but with the internet, it got to a new dimension. Several times governments have adapted the copyright laws such as in 2020 where Japan established new punishments for those that download copyrighted content. Fighting the online piracy however has proven to be hard. Very often the hosting servers are overseas and investigations are hard to follow. It seems only logical to join forces in international bodies like this in order to be able to finalize anti-piracy investigations and enforcing the copyright law.
What is your opinion about international organizations that enforce IP rights? Will they succeed or there are revisions needed for the IP law?