Rupert Murdoch is the Biggest Pirate of the US Anime Market

(10:00AM EST – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

Burning the Midnight Oil for Breaking the Silicon Cage

Crossposted from My Left Wing, also available in Orange

When I wrote Can the Teaspoon Model stand up to Bloodsucker Streaming Sites?, it was clear that one reason the bloodsucker leech anime streaming sites are able to offer their “free anime” because they don’t pay streaming costs either. They rely on pointing their users to places that host the streams.

They are, in other words, an aggregator. People that know how to look and where to look collect the information, and they put a shell around it to make it convenient to the user. They live off a trickle of net advertisements and donations – and of course, nothing ever gets back to the animators, voice actors and actresses, producers, directors who actually create the work.

And if the anime was unavailable in this country, they could argue they are “growing the market”. But of course, an increasing amount of this media is available for legitimate free streaming, supported by a range of internet ads, streaming ads, and subscription models – which does feed income back to the industry that creates these collaborate works.

But the real problem is the hosts for the streams. Without the free hosting of bootleg streams, these leech bloodsucker sites could never afford to offer, as one of these sites boasts, “503 series, 7,657 anime episodes”. Its the ability to point to free streams of bootleg copies provided by someone else that allows the bloodsucker leech sites to spoil the market for legitimate streaming sites.

When I looked at who was doing this streaming, I was startled that MySpaceCDN.com showed up so often. MySpaceCDN.com is registered by 20th Century Fox, part of Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp media empire.

On the other hand, I was just looking at a few series that I knew to be available by legitimate free stream from Crunchyroll.com a week after airing in Japan – maybe it was a coincidence that MySpaceCDN.com showed up so often?

After all, when you allow people to upload videos, some people will upload bootlegs – its just not feasible to screen each and every one. A few bootlegs will surely fall through the cracks.

So I decided to double check. I went through the first episodes of every series listed as AnimesFree.com, starting with “.Hack//Legend of the Twilight” through to the end of the “F for FOX” section.

And learned that its true, and Keith Olberman is entirely right to always quote Ol’ Rupert like its “talk like a Pirate day”:

  • Ahoy, Me Maties! Rupert Murdoch is the Biggest Pirate of the US Anime Market! Shiver Me Timbers!

YouTube, Google? Barely an appearance. Second tier upload sites like Veoh, Sevenload, Megavideo? Small fry. Murdoch even outdoes the sites that the bootleg leech site hides behind a streaming link on its own site. By my rough count:

  • 51: MySpaceCDN.com & MySpace.com
  • 42: AnimesFree.com (hidden stream origin)
  • 22: Veoh.com
  • 8: Megavideo.com
  • 6: SevenLoad.com
  • Youtube.com, Google.com, Tudou.com, only 1 or 2 apiece

Note that this is just a raw count of the streams that AnimesFree.com leeches from – I have not yet verified which content is bootleg video, which is legitimate video being hijacked, or even which may be video that has been released for free distribution. I do know as a fact that Murdoch is hosting some bootleg video, since I have seen video taken from a Crunchyroll.com stream, with the name of the premium member deliberately obscured.

So that people can verify that I am not making this up – that Rupert Murdoch really is the biggest Pirate in the US Anime market, I’ll finish this post with a long list of the information I copied down off of the FreeAnimes.com site (and h/t to FreeAnimes.com – without your hard work, we never would have known what a Pirate Rupert Murdoch really is in this particular market – though we of course know how bad he is in a lot of other markets!).

  • Note that Veoh streams give the Veoh PermaLinkID, rather than the URL

Also note that this count is subject to change if any of the hosts of the bootleg streams elect to cease doing so.

#’s: 11

6 myspacecdn.com / myspace.com

2 Veoh

1 megavideo.com

1 sevenload.com

1 animesfree.com

.Hack//Legend of Twilight: Veoh v4164495GyqbyX68

.Hack//Liminality: ep1: http://www.megavideo.com/v/EQ5…

.Hack//Roots: ep1: http://mediaservices.myspace.c…

.Hack//Roots (DUB): ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

.Hack//Sign ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

009-01 (DUB) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/1443…

07 Ghost: ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

12 Kingdoms ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

12 Kingdoms (DUB) ep1: http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

2 x 2 Shinobudden ep1: http://mediaservices.myspace.c…

3×3 Eyes ep1: Veoh v1190228CCg56qHG

A’s: 34

11 myspacecdn.com

1 megavideo.com

10 Veoh

9 animesfree.com

1 seveload.com

1 google.com

1 YouTube.com

Abenobashi Mahou Shotengai (Dub) ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Afro Samarai Resurrection http://cache02-videos02.myspac…

Ah, My Goddess! ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Ah, My Goddess! Season 2 ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Ai Yori Aoshi ep1: http://www.megavideo.com/v/AEI…

Aika R-16 ep1: Veoh v1652369sSXDTCjy

Aishiteruze Baby ep1:

http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Veoh v157848154rndd7r5

Ajimu Kaigan Monogatari ep1: Veoh v12057517Kse4cx28

Akane-Iro Ni Somaru Saka Veoh v18605695txP7HSh7

Akikan ep1: Veoh v17213061y6DYZGzH

Akira The Movie: http://www.animesfree.com/55c5…

Alien 9 ep1: Veoh v1019368ePErxhR4

Amaenaideyo ep1: http://cache02-videos02.myspac…

Amaenaideyo! Katsu ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Amatsuki ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Amazing Nurse Nanako ep1: Veoh v4731998f7rFGP4

Android Kikaider ep1: Veoh v1735970dA7jBADN

Angel Cop (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/fbd3…

Angel Links ep1: YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

Angel Tales (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/2425…

Angel’s Feather Ova ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/002f…

Aoi Bungaku ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/9ec3…

Aoi Hana ep1: http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

Aquarian Age (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/55f5…

Arcade Gamer Fubuki ep1: Veoh v1577164rfwc4mxT

Area 88 ep1: Veoh v15600583D682PjCP

Armed Librarians ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/16cb…

Asatte no Houkou ep1: Veoh v14526678sfjk3Rzr

Asura Cryin’ ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Asura Cryin’ 2 ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Avenger ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/0dc9…

Ayakashi ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/a067…

Ayashi no Ceres ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Azumanga Daioh ep15: http://video.google.com/google…

B: 23:

10 myspacecdn.com/myspace.com

7 animesfree.com

4 Veoh

7 animesfree.com

1 sevenload.com

1 megavideo

Bakemonogatari ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Baldr Force ep1: http://mediaservices.myspace.c…

Bartender ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/1d3e…

Basquash! ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Bastard (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/5322…

Battle Athletes Victory ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/160d…

Battle Programmer Shirase ep1: Veoh v15317746QP4QK92Q

Berserk ep1: http://content.movies.myspace….

Black Jack 21 ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/fa1f…

Black Lagoon S2 ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Blade of the Immortal ep1: Veoh v16056311CcW8jtSc

Blade of the Phantom Master (dub): http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

Bleach ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Bleach (Dub) ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Bleach Movie 01: http://www.megavideo.com/v/HFL…

Blood+ ep1: http://content.movies.myspace….

Blue Dragon (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/b641…

Blue Drop ep1: Veoh v16491454GMzhgds

Blue Gender ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Blue Submarine No.6 ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/2a98…

Bokura Ga Ita ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/146b…

Bus Gamer ep1: Veoh v6608236yqmcdYDe

Buso Renkin ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

C: 24:

9 myspacecdn.com

2 megavideo

4 animesfree

1 sevenload.com

5 Veoh

1 livevideo.com

1 tudou.com

Canaan ep1: http://www.megavideo.com/v/7V2…

Candy Boy ep1: Veoh v13191946sGH2kxeW

Canvas 2 ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/bb15…

Capeta ep1: http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

Cardcaptor Sakura ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/6b0f…

Casshan: Robot Hunter (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/5403…

Chaos Head ep1: http://mediaservices.myspace.c…

Chobits ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Chocolate Underground ep1: Veoh v178920044hP2BK5D

Chocotto Sister ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/03a2…

Chrome Shelled Regios ep1: http://cache02-videos02.myspac…

Chrono Crusade ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Cinderella Boy ep1: Veoh v699082DYtxsC77

Clannad ep1: http://cdn.livevideo.com/video…

Clannad After Story ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Clannad, The Animated Film: http://www.tudou.com/v/aX221X9…

Code-E ep1: Veoh v16977279GqPBsbAk

Code Geass ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Code Geass R2 ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Cowboy Bebop ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Cowboy Bebop (Dub) ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Crayon Shin Chan (Dub) ep1: http://www.megavideo.com/v/82D…

Cross Game ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Crystal Blaze ep1: Veoh v70477479HZNqSWa

D: 24:

8 myspacecdn.com/myspace.com

9 animesfree.com

3 Veoh

1 YouTube

1 megavideo

1 sevenload

D-Gray Man ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

D.N. Angel ep1: http://content.movies.myspace….

Da Capo ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/adc4…

Da Capo II ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/5e93…

Dai-Guard ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/0c94…

Dan Doh ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/0e59…

Daphne in the Brilliant Blue ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Darker Than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/327e…

Dazzle ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Dear Boys ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/482c…

Dears ep1: Veoh v6350563wt7hAfHs

Death Note ep1:

http://www.youtube.com/v/Z3mcd…

http://www.youtube.com/v/4qb0u…

http://www.youtube.com/v/ljNmE…

Demonbane ep1: http://content.movies.myspace….

Descendants of Darkness (Dub) ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/0965…

Detective Conan ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Detective Conan Movie 1 – The Timed Skyscraper:

http://www.megavideo.com/v/8IC…

Detroit Metal City ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Devil Lady ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/6918…

Disgaea ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/4109…

Dogs: Bullets and Carnage ep1: Veoh v18556223QMBeS78B

Doujin Work ep1: Veoh v1458470sYAdksz3

Dragon Ball Kai ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Dragon Half ep1: Veoh v1225881Z3b65rQP

DragonBall (Dub) ep1: http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

E: 10:

3 myspacecdn.com

2 Veoh

4 animesfree.com

1 sevenload.com

Earl and Fairy ep1:

http://www.animesfree.com/f9fe…

Veoh v16454395PnQmGq6b

Ef: A Tale of Memories ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/64a7…

Element Hunters ep1: Veoh v18777546mbsaR8nB

Elfen Lied ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Escaflowne (DUB) ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Eureka 7 ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Excel Saga ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/7f44…

Eyeshield 21 ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/27d9…

Eyeshield 21 (Dub) ep1: http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

F: 15:

8 myspacecdn.com

5 animesfree.com

1 sevenload.com

1 megavideo.com

Fairy Tail ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Final Approach ep1: http://cache02-videos02.myspac…

Final Fantasy Unlimited ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete (Dub):

http://datal3.sevenload.com/da…

Final Fantasy VII: Last Order Ova: http://www.animesfree.com/be6e…

Final Fantasy: Legend of the Crystals Ova ep1:

http://www.animesfree.com/3348…

FLCL (Dub): http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Fruits Basket ep1: http://www.megavideo.com/v/8JF…

Fruits Basket (Dub) ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Full Metal Panic! ep1: http://cache02-videos02.myspac…

Full Metal Panic! TSR ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspac…

Futakoi ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/289b…

Futakoi Alternative ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/a689…

Future Boy Conan ep1: http://www.animesfree.com/b00f…

There is a clouded glass between the audience and the creators…

… but maybe they can just sell T-shirts

1 comment

    • BruceMcF on October 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm
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    The window glass, this window glass

    is so cold, my warmth can’t reach you…

    but I understand why you’re there…

    Take my hand…embrace it…

    because I want to breathe the same air as you do…

    so please, open the window from your side…

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