By Ida Torres / October 5, 2012 /
Still, other observers say that this move is more about the crackdown on illegal versions of copyrighted videos. The aforementioned websites’ users are notorious for uploading pirated versions of famous TV shows and movies, although uploading original material is their main “business”. The Tokyo based Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) has been working hard since 2009 to protect copyrighted materials from illegal uploads. In fact, they’ve required some overseas website operators to delete these illegally obtained materials. From August 2011 to September 2012, they have managed to get 98,913 pages deleted from nine websites (seven of these are Chinese sites) and 96% have been deleted.
Whether the exclusion of Japan on these websites is due to the dispute between the two countries, or simply Chinese websites complying with CODA, it is clear that netizens are unhappy about it and will probably find alternative ways to actually get to watch the Japanese videos they want to enjoy.