Four Japanese Press Sue Cloudflare for Providing Illegal Data Connections

Four Japanese Press Sued Cloudflare for Providing Illegal Data Connections
Four Japanese Press Sued Cloudflare for Providing Illegal Data Connections

Cloudflare, a U.S Network infrastructure business, will be sued in Tokyo District Court within the next week. 

The complaint will claim that Cloudflare provides data for Japanese animation illegal sites. They violate the publishing companies’ copyrights. The Press demand a lawsuit as well as damages in the amount of 400 million yen or around US$3.5 million.

The copyright’s sites managers are situated overseas. Cloudflare has agreements with leading illegal sites to remotely connect from servers in Japan. 

The websites supposedly distribute 4,000 games. That includes popular series such as Attack on Titan, Kingdom, and  One Piece,  and attracts more than 300 million monthly visits. 

Cloudflare can operate as an intermediate of both network and its consumers. They supply content even if the primary server is experiencing connectivity troubles or DDoS assaults. 

In August 2018, attorneys for Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan filed a lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court. Seeking that Cloudflare discontinues serving data for multiple pirated networks. 

The manga pirate websites for which Cloudflare had provided services, according to the motion, including Hoshi no Romi, an alleged Mangamura successor as posted by the Anime News Network webpage.

Lawsuit filed to Cloudflare by Japanese publishers

In early February, the publishers of four popular manga series plan to bring a lawsuit against the American IT  firms, stating they violated their copyrights by spreading material from unauthorized anime websites.

Because finding pirate operators located offshore is practically impossible, the publishers determined that seek the liability of the provider of the webserver. 

That the pirating companies utilize the appropriate action for protecting their copyrights. Until late last year, the firms estimated that they had each endured damages in billions of yen.

The Japanese publishers will ask for around 100 million yen in compensation, as well as a halt to the distribution of stolen and cloned material. As published by The Asahi Shimbun webpage.

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