Visit our new website: worldnews.easybranches.com

Fansubs for TV shows and movies are illegal, court rules

  • Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:44

Fansubbing—the unofficial creation of fan-made subtitles for TV shows and movies—is illegal, a Dutch court ruled this week.

The Free Subtitles Foundation, after coming under fire from the Netherlands' anti-piracy association BREIN, decided to raise some money and take BREIN to court. The Foundation's lawyer told TorrentFreak that the lawsuit sought to clarify whether the creators of a TV show or movie can reserve the right to create and distribute subtitles.

And indeed, that's exactly what the court ruled: that subtitles can only be created and distributed with permission from the rights holders. Doing so without permission is copyright infringement, and thus punishable with either jail time or a fine, depending on where you live.

Subtitle downloads are hugely popular on the Internet: there are thousands of websites that offer free subtitle files for TV shows and movies. Sometimes those subtitles are ripped from the original stream or disc, but often—especially if they're not in one of the handful of primary languages—they are the work of fansubbers.

Fansubbers, of course, maintain that they are doing a Good Thing by allowing millions more people to enjoy films and TV shows that they might not otherwise be able to understand. BREIN, however, asserts that subtitles are mostly used by people who download pirated media, and thus fansubbers are not only violating copyright themselves but also inciting piracy and damaging the market.

Following the court ruling, BREIN's director Tim Kuik said in a statement: "With this decision in hand it will be easier for BREIN to maintain its work against illegal subtitlers and against sites and services that collect illegal subtitles and add movies and TV shows from an illegal source."

Much like file sharing websites themselves, actually policing subtitle sites will be difficult. Just look at the world of anime fansubbing, which has been under fire for more than a decade but is still going strong—or, in some cases, has shifted to just straight-up anime streaming websites with baked-in English subtitles. A better solution might be for content creators and distributors to release officially subtitled content simultaneously worldwide, much in the same way that some big American TV shows and movies are now being released in Europe and Asia at the same time, rather than a few months or years later.

Now read about the 300-year battle to reform copyright for the digital age...

This post originated on Ars Technica UK

Ministry of Innovation – Ars Technica

Tags


Daily Deal

Related Stories

Discovery Takes Command in Bid for Scripps
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:27

The deal could be worth over $ 12 billion.read more Business

Why won’t Social Security give me the retroactive child benefits I’m entitled to?
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:31

Phil Moeller answers your questions on aging and retirement in his weekly column, “Ask Phil.” Photo illustration by Getty Images Editor’...

Yankees 9, Reds 5: Elevated to Ace, Luis Severino Shows His Electric Stuff
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:42

Severino touched 100 miles per hour on his final pitch of a start against the Reds that cemented his spot at the top of the Yankees’ rotation. NYT ...

Macro trader Fisher joins Soros as CommonWealth shuts
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:29

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Macro hedge fund firm CommonWealth Opportunity Capital GP LLC is shutting down and its leader, Adam Fisher, is set to join Soros ...

Halfway and Half-Assed: Loyalty Cards I Have Neglected
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:30

I have six Hale & Hearty cards at the bottoms of old purses.Photo credit: Janet McKnight, CC BY 2.0.A few months ago, as a ritual to keep in tou...

Lawsuit seeks Ajit Pai’s net neutrality talks with Internet providers
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:39

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai testifying before a Senate subcommittee on May 11, 2016, when he was a commissioner.Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images rea...

NAFTA Equities: More In Difference Than In Common
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:30

In a recent report I was prompted to look at the NAFTA economies and equity markets. A key reason was the Canadian rate hike that had the Bank of Cana...

EU top court keeps Hamas on terror blacklist
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:57

It overturns an earlier ruling that dropped asset freezes on the Palestinian Islamist group. BBC News - Middle East

Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:17

philstar.com - breakingnews

‘Cocaine’ Cassie arrives at court
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:57

CASSIE Sainsbury has arrived at a Bogotá court in her first public appearance since her April 12 arrest. World News | news.com.au — Australi...

Cassandra Sainsbury faces Colombian court for early plea bid
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:39

Accused Adelaide drug smuggler Cassandra Sainsbury arrives at a Colombian court and could know her fate within hours after reportedly striking a plea ...

More Political Decisions That Affect Our Ability to Earn and Save Money
  • Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:29

Healthcare, overtime pay, and the ban on transgender people in the military.Photo credit: Daniel Huizinga, CC BY 2.0.Okay. Where are we in the world ...


News Categories