The Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) of Japan is at the center of the new organization. CODA understand 32 Japanese companies such as Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan, Aniplex, Kadokawa, Sunrise, Studio ghibli, Bandai Namco Arts, Pony canyon, Animation Toei, and more. The IAPO will also include the Motion Picture Association of the United States (which has six members including Sony Pictures and Netflix) and around 450 members of the Copyright Society of China. Companies and copyright groups from South Korea and Vietnam are also expected to participate in the coalition.
The IAPO will strive to combat piracy of manga and cartoons and will also assist law enforcement in criminal investigations on the ground, especially where such criminal investigations require the cooperation of law enforcement in many countries. CODA Director Masaharu Ina told TorrentFreak that CODA planned the founding of the coalition last year.
According to Nikkei Asia, piracy cost the manga industry around 800 billion yen (US $ 6.92 billion) in Japan alone from January to October 2021. Nikkei Asia said that number exceeds the amount of the entire market for authorized publications, which he estimates at 600 billion. yen (approximately US $ 5.19 billion) per year.
In a previous case where Japan sought help from other countries to fight piracy, a California district court approved Shueishalegal demand in November to disclose evidence in order to identify and prosecute another party for copyright infringement. Four publishers including Shueisha are preparing to file a complaint against the operators of the Japanese-language pirate site Manga Bank.
Japan’s parliament enacted a revised copyright bill in June 2020 to expand the law to punish those who knowingly upload illegally downloaded or pirated manga, magazines, and academic works. The revised law entered into force in January 2021. The revision also banned “leech sites” that aggregate and provide hyperlinks to pirated media from October 2020.
The Japanese-language manga piracy site Mangamura became inaccessible in April 2018, after the Japanese government formally asked Internet service providers in Japan to block access to three pirated manga websites, including Mangamura. The Fukuoka District Court issued a guilty verdict on June 30 against Romi Hoshino, alias Zakay Romi, the alleged administrator of Mangamura, for copyright infringement and concealment of the proceeds of crime.