On March 18th, anime publisher FUNimation filed a dismissal of their piracy lawsuit that began in January. The lawsuit originally targeted 1,337 “John Doe”s who were suspected of pirating and distributing an episode of One Piece, which FUNimation has licensed.

Last month, a district court determined that FUNimation must file separate lawsuits for each Doe because there was no conspiracy or intent to act in concert during the suspected piracy. As a result, FUNimation removed plaintiffs 2 through 1,337 from the original filing.

FUNimation said in their most recent filing that they will reserve the right to refile the charges at a later date against the plaintiffs, presumably once they have more concrete information than simply an IP address. While no definite connection was made, the dismissal of the lawsuit may also be related to the recent evidence of the company using fansubs in-house.

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  • This is good. Lots of copyright holders have tried to lower their costs by suing several folks in one lawsuit. I’m glad the judge is making them file individually but at the same time it was funny to see them suing a “leet’s” worth of people 😀

    But seriously, the best way to stop piracy is not through lawsuits. You need to offer services and convenience that the pirates can’t. You can’t compete on price since it’s already free from the pirates but you don’t need to either.

    Services like Netflix can convert pirates into paying customers. Personally, I haven’t gone to a torrent site for videos since I got my subscription and I have seen that same sentiment on countless forums.

    Large catalog, instant HD streaming, a recommendation engine, for a low price. Pirates can’t give me that. FUNimation should look into licensing to Netflix. I bet they’ll see a drop in pirating if they do.

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