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Singapore Company Cracks Down on Anime Downloads
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Posted 6/7/07
I just recently read about this on Lucky Channel, but found a bit more information on Anime News Network . I have included the link. Please feel free to post your opinion on this situation.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-06-07/singapore-company-dl
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^ agreed..

I'm not sure what laws are in singapore but isn't that a breach of privacy (finding houses etc etc). anyhow i'm happy i'm not living there lol
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gosh, i was kind of waiting for this thread...and was feeling tempted to have this thread up. haha. i have many things to say about how ABSOLUTELY STUPID singapore is being. and i'm a singaporean...i should know.

sigh, first things first, it's gotten really bad, coz they've been tracking torrents downloads as well...and there's apparently A LOT of licensed anime out there. which i really never knew was licensed...but because they're owned by japanese compaines...they are. so yes. suprise surprise.

the main gripe i have is that there's no company in singapore which sells enough anime to keep us happy. firstly they're slow, bad quality, too expensive and they rip it off fan subs. it's an insult.

and that is why banning us, taking legal action and what not is the stupidest thing to do. we will find ways around it, or there just won't be enough anime lovers around...and that will be a sad sad day.
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Posted 6/7/07
you could stream it right? because ur not downloading it. well... you know what i mean
Posted 6/8/07
Stupid move. As expected of them. Anime should be a free commodity. Instead of using such cowardly and superficial ways of raising their sales, they shud instead think of better ways to entice ppl to buy their DVDs. Extras, promotions, price reductions, greate efficiency etc. They always take the short way out when they are experiencing problems. And it often involves the legal system. Be it politics or otherwise(Singaporeans should understand what I am trying to say here) But now involving ANIME of all things, I think it is getting a bit out of hand. Things work out for the better usually on a close-one-eye basis. After this, what ppl shud do is boycott Odex, then form a consumer-owned distributor of anime. Let them know that threatening one with one's items of possession is a dangerous game to play, considering the passions involved. Thanks goodness I am out and away from Singapore for good now. I cant stand the policies...

Poor guys. I feel for you. You have my pity and condolences...
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Posted 6/8/07
they gotta do what they gotta do..

plus.. all they've done so far is just send warning letters right?
but eh. whatever. i stream bizatch! i stream...

...lol
oh and i buy manga. gotta support the anime community =)
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Posted 7/20/07
NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 7/20/07
im from Singapore,i usually get my friends to dl me stuff....
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Posted 8/5/07
More Info (Can a mod add this to the first post?)

A Singapore Japanese Animation Distributor, Odex, has been hunting down anime downloaders in Singapore. Looks like they are really getting serious in stopping the piracy of anime in Singapore.

Together with AVPAS, they have worked together with the local ISPs to track down downloaders of anime series, especially the ones in the AVPAS list, which you can find here.
http://avpas.com.sg/

Most of the unfortunate ones, who received a letter from the company, will need to make an appointment with the company if they wish to settle the case out of court. The fines varies from S$3500 to S$5000 (Around US$2333 - US$3333).

So all Singapore users who does not wish to be caught are advised not to download ANY anime series, as for now.

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Posted 8/5/07
whats happening? aw cruel good thing im from philippines
Posted 8/5/07
^ I somewhat agree but then again, I disagree.
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33 / M / in master shakes...
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Posted 8/5/07
man this is harsh $2333 - $3333 just for downloading anime no love for otakus
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Posted 8/5/07
mm it doesn't really solve the problem, does it...
1. companies want $$ - lots of them
2. we anime lovers/otaku/whatever-we-are like anime and only pay $$ for highest quality stuff that others can't get their hands on
simple solution: release lots of special edition stuff... we'll definitely snap them up!!

these people definitely don't understand what the root of the problem (leeching) is... they're just trying to tackle symptomatic issues without really addressing the market's demands. it's kinda harsh to say they missed the mark, but this may be the case after all (plus, going through people's download records without getting ISP subscribers' permission could classify as breach of privacy.)
Posted 8/5/07
the thing is that they want people to pay to watch anime and thats not gonna happen

give a rest ok
now they're gonna make a war out of it?!
fuck them up i say lol
i think its stupid
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Posted 8/5/07
i feel sorry for singaporean, if they have new leader i'm suggesting them to mearge with malaysia, at least they could chew chewing gum in public
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