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Crunchyroll Site Could Be Blocked
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Posted 1/18/12
SOPA would force Crunchyroll to actively police any user-posted content for copyright materials or face a shutdown. Given that CR is (partially) based in the US, I'd think that should a shutdown occur, it would affect other countries as well.
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It won't just affect things that are illegally uploaded, it has a potential of blocking information and links that it thinks have copywritten material. This will go beyond preventing fanvids and AMVs. It'll block even unlicensed stuff because it may block certain foreign web pages. (Sigh) I haven't been to CR in over 3 years and this is the first thing I get into

^ And to people who think it won't affect their country. If starts here, if media companies start seeing positive outcomes, and governments see the "benefit" of this action being taken place in America, these type of actions will be proposed their too. Because a lot of the media companies that put in for these bills also have markets overseas.
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chocuqueen wrote:

^ She said she doesn't accept her zipcode, then it prob won't accept mines :/
Well, I hope CR doesn't get blocked


Dont worry it wont, only because of.......


Americas presidents wife was on icarly and they do internet shit, or something, and if icarly uses the internet the president wont touch it
Posted 1/18/12

chocuqueen wrote:

^ She said it doesn't accept her zipcode, then it prob won't accept mines :/
Well, I hope CR doesn't get blocked


just try anyway. it will only take a minute. ^__^
Posted 1/18/12

janwarie15th wrote:


chocuqueen wrote:

^ She said it doesn't accept her zipcode, then it prob won't accept mines :/
Well, I hope CR doesn't get blocked


just try anyway. it will only take a minute. ^__^


Oh! It worked Canada can sign up :D!!!
You're whalecum <3
Posted 1/18/12

you can sign it as much as you can too if you have multiple emails. ^_^
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Posted 1/18/12 , edited 1/18/12

Xhaosrenac wrote:

In theory, Crunchyroll is absolutely 100% immune to this bill. Crunchyroll is a licensed, legal, and legitimate site, which pays royalties to the studios who produce the animes it broadcasts. Therefore, while SOPA/PIPA are awful, horrible things, this site is not one that is threatened by it.


Not true. The biggest threat of this bill are the users\community on a legal site.

This bill is so open and fuzzy that Crunchyroll could be blacklisted just because of a single troll etc, meaning they lose business and must go to court *after* the blacklisting has occurred to try get it un-blacklisted.
If you read into the bill a bit deeper, there is nothing stopping large organisations from abusing the bill to potentially shut down competition with the online market.
This bill can also be used against businesses which sell or display goods which can't even be copied digitally or pirated.

This means that companies outside of the US could potentially be targeted by US markets and get knocked out of the game for any US revenue (which is a large international market)

The biggest issue with the bill is not what it can offer to prevent piracy, but how it can be abused quite heavily.
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Posted 1/18/12
FINALLY PEOPLE ARE POSTING STUFF ABOUT SOPA AND SUCH .
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Posted 1/18/12
anything thats copyrighted can harm crunchyroll like the copyrighted pictures users upload on to this site can harm it.. i think
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I'll give an example of how it could be used to shut down competition, for those that don't seem to understand why this is so bad.
To put it broadly the law could in theory be used in this manner.

CR's competitor, let's say Hulu, sees that users have avatars/fanart/fanvideos of characters that Hulu owns the rights to. Hulu formally complains before the FCC, and the FCC shuts down Crunchyroll until CR proves that all Hulu owned content are removed. Time wasted in court - years. Cost to lawyers - who knows, but probably enough to kill most small companies.

If it came down to a legal battle, and CR then lost, or merely lost too much money, the US offices could then be closed. Whether the Tokyo offices would remain would be unknown.

Yes, this is all theoretical, but it is all within the realm of reality.

This is the scary crap that the US is facing. Not just the US either. Other countries are doing worse, like China cutting it's TV programming of shows from 150+ to barely over 30. Australia doesn't believe in =>B-cups.(This pissed off some of my friends that are less than endowed, look it up). Other countries are watching this to see how it pans out, and may then institute their own versions.

People should know when they are losing something for nothing, and should fight against it. Yes, pirating is bad, but ambiguity and negligence is worse.

I do not support pirating material off the Internet (thus why I subscribe to CR), but I will not support censorship of any kind, and most certainly not handing over more rights to corporations to do as they see fit.


--an angry giant
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Oh, and if you want some more info on what some people are doing about it, here you go.

https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/English_Wikipedia_anti-SOPA_blackout

Please think and do what is right while you still can.
Posted 1/18/12 , edited 1/18/12

alexisholic wrote:


chocuqueen wrote:

Wait, this is only in US right? O.o?


While the bill is only for the US, it still still affect other countries.


lodes copmanys run from the use and billed in othere counties and only host them in say the euro zone or asia only


so i dont no what this bills to stop copy right but there going lose so much cash
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Posted 1/18/12
Crunchyroll is legal and get permission to post anime though, I doubt it will be blocked.
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Sudnifisent wrote:

Crunchyroll is legal and get permission to post anime though, I doubt it will be blocked.


It's the user base that could endanger crunchyroll. Assuming that SOPA passes, what if I or some troll decided to post information on how to circumvent blocking mechanisms of SOPA? SOPA would say, "Hey! this site called CR is helping to facilitate infringement by providing ways to circumvent our law", even though CR's main site has nothing to do w/ that. That's the same reason why Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, any other site w/c allows user-generated content (fully or partially). If CR and others don't want to do that, they have to strictly police the content, w/c costs high for site w/ big visitors.
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Basically the US will be like a mini-china with regards to the internet if the bills pass.
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