Publishers' Organization Combats Piracy

The Animation Co-Op Defense League, a group representing anime publishers specializing in adult releases, issued a press release annoucing some of their recent successes in the fight against the illegal distrubition of their series and properties. Of note, they mention action taken against 10,738 infringers, which include 5006 movie file-sharing links, 2123 picture file-sharing links and 3609 blog posts pointing readers to illegally distributed works.

From the press release:

The Animation Co-Op Defense League (ACDL), a consortium of Adult Animation Distributors & Studios, is pleased to announce significant progress in their efforts to educate and combat the proliferation of web sites hosting and offering for sale unlicensed content.

“Last year we collectively decided to group our resources; to band together and take the offensive against anyone and everyone throughout the world stealing our content”, said ACDL Director and Adult Source Media President, Wendy Crawford.

“We have expedited the process of shutting down illegal operators. By taking these actions we have received a tremendous amount of support from many legitimate web site operators, affiliates and fans. With the creation of the ACDL, all of the US based Hentai distributors and studios as well as the Japanese production houses are working together to combat this problem. We have already taken immediate legal action against those who are deriving revenue from our materials without a license. We all want to address this serious situation so we can continue to deliver programming to the legion of fans who deserve the best entertainment available”, said Crawford.

The organization has retained legal counsel(s) who specialize in Intellectual Property litigation in regions of the world where the Co-Op discovered many of the illegal operators maintain operations. The legal team is acting on behalf of the consortium, strength in numbers being a strong factor in the partnership of the content holders and producers.

Said Crawford, “Every day we speak with web sites, tube sites, and affiliate programs, who have knowingly or unknowingly sold content that they do not have the rights for. We have discovered that some of them were misinformed and want obtain legitimate licenses to resell the material. This year alone we have already taking down a total of 10,738 infringers, including: 5006 Movie file-sharing links, 2123 Picture file-sharing links and 3609 Blog posts.

“The Co-Op is acting extremely aggressively in terms of tracking down & shutting down these illegal operations. This is really an unprecedented action which has united us all.

We as a group are all losing out, which in turn impedes all of our ability to produce new material for the fans. It may get to a point where it is no longer financially feasible to create new content.

We encourage any and all web site operators and affiliates who may not know whether the content they are offering has been authorized to contact us so we can  we can discuss licensing of material to make your sites a success while supporting those who produce those materials.”

ACDL represents the whole of the US/Japanese hentai animation industry.