Post Reply I cant watch the Animes I want.
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Posted 6/14/15
So I have found various of animes that I want to watch but cause of my region I cant? Why is that?
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Posted 6/14/15 , edited 6/14/15

BaconCakez wrote:

So I have found various of animes that I want to watch but cause of my region I cant? Why is that?


Basically, when CR licenses an anime, a lot of terms and conditions get built into those licenses, which CR has to respect. That includes things like which regions the publisher will allow CR to show it in, unfortunately - sometimes they have other deals in those regions, sometimes they simply think they won't make money at streaming, but will with physical sales later on.

(It can also include other weird things, like when they had to take Attack on Titan down completely for a few months during its initial run on Toonami, and other factors can come into it as well.)

Whatever the the exact terms are, CR has to obey the license contract, otherwise they won't be getting more contracts from that publisher... and could get sued, to boot.

Hope that helps a bit...
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Is there any way that I could bypass that region block?
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Posted 6/14/15

BaconCakez wrote:

Is there any way that I could bypass that region block?


Not without violating the /ToS.
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So essentially its illegal to bypass it?
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BaconCakez wrote:

So essentially its illegal to bypass it?


It would be an attempt to bypass copyright restrictions, so falls under a Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation. So yeah, but the more likely response could be a ban of your account.
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Well that sucks. Guess I have to wait for the anime to unlock for my region then. v.v
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eyeofpain wrote:


BaconCakez wrote:

So essentially its illegal to bypass it?


It would be an attempt to bypass copyright restrictions, so falls under a Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation. So yeah, but the more likely response could be a ban of your account.




DMCA is an american law, so it is not applicable for non-americans in any way. Very few countries has laws to restrict regional locks of any kind (EU is even preparing to ban them outright), so I pretty sure that you wont be breaking any relevant laws.

You DO break the TOS though, and could face a ban from CC.
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Posted 6/15/15

worthlesscustomer wrote:


eyeofpain wrote:


BaconCakez wrote:

So essentially its illegal to bypass it?


It would be an attempt to bypass copyright restrictions, so falls under a Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation. So yeah, but the more likely response could be a ban of your account.


DMCA is an american law, so it is not applicable for non-americans in any way. Very few countries has laws to restrict regional locks of any kind (EU is even preparing to ban them outright), so I pretty sure that you wont be breaking any relevant laws.

You DO break the TOS though, and could face a ban from CC.


Since CR is a U.S.-based company, so it's likely the DMCA could still apply. Regardless, there are equivalent laws in other countries, and most nations that are a member of the WIPO may also cooperate in any legal action related to a DMCA violation. The Berne Convention also covers international copyright violation, and is has nearly universal membership at this point.

Again, a ban is much more likely.
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Posted 6/15/15 , edited 6/15/15

eyeofpain wrote:

Since CR is a U.S.-based company, so it's likely the DMCA could still apply. Regardless, there are equivalent laws in other countries, and most nations that are a member of the WIPO may also cooperate in any legal action related to a DMCA violation. The Berne Convention also covers international copyright violation, and is has nearly universal membership at this point.

Region restrictions are not a copy protection mechanism, so I do not believe you will find any section of the DMCA that applies to this situation.

The number of VPN and proxy services that openly advertise as a way to bypass region restrictions also argues against there being no law barring their use for such purposes.


As you noted, however, it is against CR's terms of service (and I'll wager any legal streaming site).

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