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Anime lawsuit lands in court

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 9, 2008

A popular Internet hobby has landed some users in court. 2 men are accused of illegally downloading thousands of Japanese anime cartoons. A fundraising effort has started to help pay for their legal costs. This is the first case of it’s kind here in Singapore. Music and software lawsuits have made headlines before but this would be the first conviction for digital photographs, considered to be intellectual property.

“The lawsuit could set several precedents, from the burden of proof necessary to establish that illegal downloads have occurred, to the possible defences for online piracy, and even the penalties offenders can expect if they are convicted.” AsiaOne

The Internet group is called “XenoDefense”. So far they have raised a few thousand dollars. The accused: Mr Felix Lukman and Mr Koh Lian Boon. This could have major problems for the Singapore online community who obviously are heavily into anime, manga, cartoon art (especially those involving tentacles and girls in school uniforms). If you’re into this kind of stuff you might want to keep those pictures stored on some DVDs off your computer. Who knows what might happen going forward. You just don’t want to find yourself in court over some pictures.

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3 Responses to “Anime lawsuit lands in court”

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  2. […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onAnime lawsuit lands in court « Singapore NewsHere’s a quick excerptThis entry was posted on December 9, 2008 at 5:29 am and is filed under Legal, Technology, news, singapore. Tagged: lawsuit, japanese, internet, anime, downloading, xenodefense. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS … […]

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