Funimation Shuts Down Anime Pirate Apps With DMCA Notices, Causing Panic

Funimation Shuts Down Anime Pirate Apps With DMCA Notices Causing Panic 2

2021 is truly the year of anime pirate sites being shutdown, including apps as well. Many which have been running for years.

Now Funimation is getting involved.

Ever since the anime copyright law came in effect in January 2021, many cases of DMCA in general have popped up.

This all started with KissAnime back in August 2020, which was so big it was trending on Twitter.

As shared by Torrent Freak:

“Seeking to protect its investment and existing business, Funimation is using the services of brand protection company Corsearch, which began writing to the operators of anime piracy apps and services warning that they needed to shut down.”


The case with Funimation

funimation dmca notice email

There’s a piracy app called Tayaki. And this DMCA notice was sent to them.

It reads:

Please see the attached letter on behalf of Funimation Global Group, LLC, regarding your application Tayaki. Failure to comply with this notification may result in further escalated activity against you, including a criminal referral to law enforcement.”

As pointed out by Torrent Freak, they responded:

“We haven’t been able to secure a copy of the take down notice itself but the operator of the platform confirms that in response to the notification, the project has been shelved.

“This app is now closed. Unfortunately it was hit by a DMCA by the monarchy company known as Funimation”.


Piracy app “AnimeGlare” given cease and desist notice

AnimeGlare’s official response:

“Y’all must be wondering why AnimeGlare is not working and why you are not being able to communicate with us, well I don’t know how to tell you this bad news but AnimeGlare recently got a ‘Cease & Desist’ letter from ‘Funimation Global Group, LLC’, meaning we are being forced to shut down all operations immediately,” operator ‘BlackKnit’ revealed.

“It was a wonderful journey and I really enjoyed working on AnimeGlare and talking to y’all lovely people, but all good things must come to an end and sadly it’s our time to say Goodbye. As of September 06, 2021, AnimeGlare will no longer be functional, and our website will no longer be distributing any app files. AnimeGlare has officially been shutdown.”


Anime App “Shiro” also stopped in their tracks

funimation dmca shiro anime app

Official response from Shiro app:

“I just received a DMCA takedown notice from funimation and I’ll therefore cease all development on the Shiro app, but the site will likely stay.

All other developer should probably private their shit asap as this company [Corsearch] is hired specifically for DMCA notices.”


Project Kamyroll and Yukino apps switch to “private” out of fear

Project Kamyrol in particular has stopped development, made the app private, and will no longer be working on it.

This is a result of Funimation‘s insistence and DMCA notices.


“Due to many requests as well as the funimation chase that is happening right now, I have been forced to make Project Kamyroll (the Application) private. Currently this is not really a problem as I don’t have time to develop the app, so there won’t be any changes for a very long time,”

It’s causing mass panic within the anime piracy community, mainly for “apps” at the moment.

Yukino, the anime piracy app is also following the same route.

We can expect this trend to continue with the many anime piracy apps that are out there.

What do you think will happen next? Will Funimation start targeting pirate sites next?

Will other anime companies start getting involved as well?


SOURCE: Torrent Freak


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