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Anime industry launches global fight against piracy

New organization will assist criminal investigations into unauthorized content

Japan's content publishers are working with global counterparts to combat piracy, which dealt a nearly $7 billion blow to the industry in Japan during the first 10 months of 2021. (Photo by Masaharu Ban)

TOKYO -- Publishers and streaming platforms from over 10 countries, including Japan, the U.S. and China, will come together to curb piracy of manga and anime, creating an organization to help with criminal investigations in the field.

In Japan, piracy cost the manga industry alone roughly 800 billion yen ($6.95 billion) in the January-October period -- more than the entire market for authorized publications, estimated at 600 billion yen yearly.

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