ODEX, which distributes the film in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, posts statement
Following its February 18th Japanese opening, Sword Art Online anime movie Ordinal Scale has started playing in South Asia, and those screenings have resulted in leaks of recorded excerpts reportedly ranging from seconds to just under 10 minutes. According to ODEX, which distributes the film in Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines, this has potential to have further consequences for the region.
From ODEX’s post in their official Facebook page:
We received a notice from Japan that there are SAO movie video leaks ranging from 10 secs to 8 mins; and the source was traced to Singapore & Malaysia’s Fan Screening on 18 Feb 2017
Regardless of the reason or circumstances surrounding the unauthorised recording of the movie, this incident has serious repercussions on our local anime community.
The irresponsible actions of the minority who carried out the unauthorised recording drew flak from Japanese licensors because this is a serious infringement of copyright,resulting in the very likelihood of Singapore and Malaysia being blacklisted for future anime film release.
While ODEX is doing its utmost to limit the damage suffered, we seek your help to alert the cinema management of any unauthorised photography or videography taking place during the screenings.
We work to bring the latest and popular anime movies to the big screens of Singapore and Malaysia, this will not be possible if there are movie leaks damaging the integrity of our local anime community.
We need your help to stop unauthorised recording in cinemas.