Animesuki asked to remove fansubs
Kadokawa Pictures USA has asked the AnimeSuki.com site to scrub links to fan-subtitled versions of 11 Kadokawa toon titles, according to the Anime Network site.
The titles, which are available as so-called “fansubs” on the BitTorrent network, have not yet been sold to U.S. distribs.
In addition to cracking down on Internet pirates, Kadokawa has been working to expand legitimate access to its toons. Starting in June, the company has been partnering with YouTube to ID postings of its contents on the YouTube site. If the poster is deemed legitimate, Kadokawa offers to run ads on the poster’s Web site and split the revenue with YouTube and the poster. This business model is a first for the Japanese toon makers.
Last year, Kadokawa group company Kadokawa Digix participated in a test of the Google video identification and ad linkage software. Seeing their effectiveness, Kadokawa decided to launch a vid clip page in February in collaboration with YouTube. The new toon venture carries that partnership one step further.
Also, Kadokawa Shoten, which is the group’s core company, Kadokawa Pictures and toon house GDH are partnering with the BitTorrent DNA service to offer free content, including toons and live-action titles, June 9-13 in cooperation with IMC Tokyo 2008/Interop Tokyo 2008, Asia’s largest network computing event.