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Japan-based anti-piracy group CODA is building a huge coalition dedicated to tackling illegal online distribution of anime, manga and identical copyrighted content. The International Anti-Piracy Organisation will be compromised of 32 native companies including writer Kodansha, Hollywood studios plus Netflix, and around 450 companies in China.

Pirate GirlIn the summer of 2017, some of the world’s largest entertainment groups formed a huge coalition with a mission to reduce online piracy.

Comprised of more than 30 companies, the Alliance for Creativity is now at the forefront of global anti-piracy enforcement. By combining its members’ sources to tackle infringement wherever it may occur in the world, the cross-border nature of piracy is now being addressed more effectively.

A new anti-piracy group set to launch this April appears to have identical goals in mind.

International Anti-Piracy Organization (IAPO)

At the heart of IAPO will sit the Japan-based anti-piracy group Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA). Director Masaharu Ina informs TorrentFreak that CODA planned the foundation of the IAPO coalition last year and talks have been held with the Motion Picture Association (MPA), the Copyright Society of China, plus other organizations around the world.

“Our plan is to start the new organization in or around April this year and share the information on piracy websites compiled in each nation and provide same to the police of the nation where the servers are located for example,” he explains.

Information shared with Nikkei signifies that copyright protection groups from around 13 countries will join together in a single international organization with the goal of disrupting piracy around the world.

Focus on Anime and Manga

In recent years, manga publications and anime content have loved a massive international rise in popularity and with that a substantial rise in piracy charges. So, in common with their US counterparts that are also dealing with a global anti-piracy dispute, companies in East Asia recognize that building overseas alliances is the logical step forward.

At the time of writing, CODA has 32 members including manga and anime giants Aniplex, Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan and Toei. The MPA has 6 members including Disney, Netflix, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. The China Copyright Association represents 450 native content companies. These alongside with additional groups from South Korea and Vietnam are all anticipated to participate in the IAPO.

According to Nihon Keizai Shimbun, 1 of IAPO’s goals is to deal with pirates wherever they are located. While servers located in Japan can be dealt with regionally, very often websites use hosts overseas. Having international companions will improve the investigation process while encouraging police to take on more cases where greater damage is being caused overseas by regionally-hosted piracy operations.

In the event that native police responses to calls for investigations are sluggish, IAPO says it intends to escalate its requests to the relevant governments.

Last year, CODA member Shueisha requested help from a US court in order to track down the operator of Mangabank, a giant manga site that in the wake of the move shut down its operations.

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