Operation Anime: Full Scale of Anti-Piracy Crackdown Revealed in Japan
When Brazil’s Ministry of Justice announced in February that two of the largest anime piracy sites in the country had been “taken down,” we suspected there might be more to it than ‘just’ that. We can now confirm that this wave of ‘Operation Anime’ was led by anti-piracy group CODA and involved several police operations, plus “knock-and-talks” at pirates’ homes. In total, 31 sites were shut down and another five threw in the towel.
An announcement by the Brazilian government in February revealed that “the two biggest digital anime pirate sites” in Brazil had been “taken down” in Operation 404 offshoot, ‘Operation Anime’.
The Ministry of Justice and Public Security said the objective was to “repress crimes committed against intellectual property” on the internet; more specifically, piracy of Japanese cartoons, better known as anime.
The Ministry of Justice reported that the operation received support from the Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), an anti-piracy group that protects anime content in Japan and overseas.
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