YouTube Rules for Dragon Ball, One Piece Inspired by Copyright Controversy

Dragon Ball and One Piece
YouTube Rules for Dragon Ball and One Piece Inspired by a Copyright Controversy

Toei Animation’s attempt to get one YouTuber’s Dragon Ball and One Piece comments were taken down. Youtuber Mark Fitzpatrick’s video was able to assist him in getting his videos back online. 

According to the article, the streaming platform has now introduced a new policy.  Videos facing copyright infringements may be removed in certain places. But will remain available to users in nations with greater fair use laws.

Over 150 of Fitzpatrick’s critiques and sketching lesson videos were sought to be removed by the studio. Popular anime series such as Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and One Piece, are saying that they violated the Japanese copyright regulations, as published by the site.

The site’s new policy will make it difficult to see but it allow them to be viewed worldwide.

According to Mark Fitzpatrick, his films are provided in English and are clearly aimed at those in Western countries.

Toei’s restricted implementation of copyright exceptions was cited as a justification for YouTube’s removal of the videos in Japan.

YouTube believes that the videos might conceivably meet for honest use. The coverage will remain online unless Toei can show that it violates abroad.

The reviewer stated that his films adhered to YouTube’s criteria as well as the guidelines for fair use in various countries.

Apparently, for Mark, Toei Animation seems to be restricting his videos based on significantly tougher Japanese copyright regulations. 

According to Kotaku, Japanese copyright laws do not include any fair use provisions that protect criticism. Right holders in Japan have the legal right to prevent their copyrights from being used in things like YouTube videos.

Copyright controversy in Dragon Ball and One Piece

Toei Animation has spent the last several days using copyright allegations. They want the majority of Mark’s films removed from the site. 

Mark is well-known for his manga reviews. He frequently incorporates snippets from the anime adaptations of each series. 

All of the videos that were taken down were related to Dragon Ball or One Piece.

While Toei Animation looks to have the support of the law and YouTube, it does not appear to have the support of the anime fan base.

Toei Animation also started trending on Twitter. Fans discussed the studio’s handle of the incident on social media, with the majority of messages siding with the YouTuber. 

Mark claims that he has worked previously with Toei Animation to promote their films. The reviewer attacked YouTube’s content ID and appeals procedure in addition to drawing publicity to Toei Animation’s copyright strikes. 

According to The Verge, YouTube has confessed that in only six months, it received over 2.2 million bogus copyright accusations.


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