Dutch Court Declares Anime Fan-Subs As Illegal

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It looks like Dutch anime fans won't be able to watch anime as easily anymore.

While anime is a popular form of Japanese media that has spread across the globe like wildfire, it takes time for Japanese studios to provide international subtitles for its different anime series. Because of this, fans resort to translating the anime by themselves, creating fan subs and sharing the fan-subbed series online.

This usually flies just fine on the internet, however, according to a report by Comicbook, the Dutch government has just declared fan-subs as a form of piracy. The anti-piracy group BREIN apparently approached the Dutch government's court asking whether movie and television creators had the exclusive rights in creating and distributing subtitles of the media. Unfortunately, the supreme court ruled the hearing in the favor of BREIN.


"That subtitles can only be created and distributed with permission from the rights holders, and doing so without permission is copyright infringement, and thus punishable with either jail time or a fine, depending on where you live."

This will definitely pose as a problem for Dutch anime fans since many franchises often don't offer any official Japanese to Dutch translations for most anime series. Fan-subbers are upset about the ruling because they pride in their work while Dutch anime fans are upset because they won't be able to watch their favorite anime shows in the language they're most comfortable with. Fans will probably have to start learning Japanese now if they want to watch anime.

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