Over the past few days, Bruce McFarling posted
a recap of the animesfree.com situation from a few weeks ago while pointing out that a bunch of their backup embeds are hosted on Myspace and followed it up with an inquiry
into Hours of Action this Friday, wherein participants would mass-download FLV's of uploaded fansubs of anime Crunchyroll is currently simulcasting such as Letter Bee, Fairy Tail
, and 11eyes
so that 20th Century Fox (the registered owner of the specific video hosting domain myspacecdn.com) would take notice - and OF COURSE, delete the downloaded content afterward because all the participants will be morally upright people!
Though this is a noble attempt to alert Fox about intellectual property infringement, I think another potential group effort that may work better would be to gather links to those same illegal uploads to MySpace Video as well as MegaVideo and Veoh, which other mass streaming embed sites also mainly use, and send them to the Japanese copyright owners for them to use in DMCA notices to those video hosting websites.
It's a bit more tedious and still relies on the hope that figures in authority will take heed that something is happening that is detrimentally affecting their products but it could bring more attention about this issue to the Japanese studios and if anyone needs to know about this, it's them. Also, any US licensors like FUNimation could also be included in this effort, though I have a feeling that its legal department may already be aware of this particular problem, given the service of a DMCA notice to animesfree.com that started this thread of discussion.
This crowdsourcing effort is just something that came to mind after I read Bruce explain the Teaspoon Model in his first posting and said this near the end of it:
There'd have to be at least one person at the company actually sending out the letters to the sites streaming the bootlegs - but they would be far more effective if backed up by ten or twenty people contributing a couple of hours a week tracking down where the material is located. Indeed, the "white hats" could drop in info on where to get the material legally while at the bootleg bloodsucker streaming sites, including the proliferating opportunities for legal free streams.
I needed to get these thoughts out of my head but didn't really want to use my proper anime blog to do it so that's why I typed one out here.