I'm not suggesting a discussion of fansub ethics, rather noting the possible implications of something like this.
(thanks Vlad on DS for initial heads-up)
By limiting the content to only unlicensed anime, we had tried to avoid associating A******** with piracy, even though fansubs are technically a violation of copyright.
On December 7, 2004 A******** received an email from a Tokyo law firm who represents the interests of Media Factory Inc. (a Japanese anime studio) requesting us to stop uploading "works" (anime series) of MFI to our website and/or stop "inducing" our visitors to websites where their "works" can be downloaded.
The beginning of the end?
Maybe, maybe not. Depends on if any other Japanese anime studio decides to follow MFI's example.
I'm sure some of you are familiar with this story.
Well, I certainly hope other animation companies don't follow suit in this. Though I'm not putting any money on that; if the original copyright holders go after fansubs, who's to say they won't move on to other 'grey areas', too - say, oh, AMV's?
Anyways, I'd like to see what comes of this.