There is a chance that anime or Japan animation movies may be banned from the Philippines. This is after it has come to the film supplier that a portion of the clip was recorded by a camcorder and uploaded on YouTube.
AkoSi Dogie, the most viewed streamer in the Philippines is now under boiling water after he uploaded a video clip taken from inside the cinema when he watched One Piece: Stampede. This movie is the 14th feature-length film of the series released on the 20th anniversary of the series.
In his defense, the streamer who went famous for the mobile game Mobile Legends said that the clip he showed was actually a part of the trailer. He also added that it is free promotion for them because he showed the clip to his fans.
Fans and people in the anime community are divided with their opinions. Some are saying that Dogie didn’t break the law and was just sharing the movie to them. But others are firm in saying that “Ignorance of the law excuses no one.”
If Toei Animation and SM Cinema decide to pursue the filing of the charge against Dogie, he might have to pay up to P750,000 or be imprisoned for at least 6 months.
Piracy has been a rampant problem especially in the Southeast Asian part of the world. In fact, this is not the first time that Japan decided to ban a country for showing anime movies.
In 2017, Singapore and Malaysia faced an impending ban when some people recorded the movie Sword Art Online and sold it illegally.
Now, the Philippines is facing the possibility of being banned from showing Japan animation because of the incident. This is after the painstaking process of negotiating for the rights to show films in the Philippines.