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Anime screenings postponed after piracy incident at local cinema

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, November 1, 2017  /  11:13 am
Anime screenings postponed after piracy incident at local cinema

A poster for 'Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Oath under the Snow.' (©2017 Hiroshi Hiroyama, TYPE-MOON/KADOKAWA/"Movie Prisma Illya" Production Committee/File)

Anime enthusiasts in Indonesia were disappointed after the postponement of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Oath under the Snow’s screening in local cinemas.

The news of the postponement was announced by local film distributor CB international Movie on its official Facebook page on Oct. 29.

“We’re highly disappointed over what happened in the past few days. A similar situation happened in other countries, and it’s shameful it also happened in Indonesia. We found out that fans of No Game No Life: Zero had recorded [the film] via their social media [accounts],” the distributor wrote.

"We're very disappointed... Following the incident, we officially postponed the screenings of Fate/kaleid and other films we previously announced."

In the post, the company added a link to an article about the country's law that regulates copyright.

Local cinema chain CGV Cinemas Indonesia reposted the announcement on its Facebook page as well.

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Some commented on the post, suggesting that the distributor and cinema chain monitor the audience’s use of hidden cameras. Other blamed a lack of knowledge of piracy laws. Most requested that the distributor reconsider its decision to postpone the upcoming screenings.

According to local anime community Kaori Nusantara, an anime forum on Instagram allegedly posted the live recording of the film via Instagram.

The administrators of an anime forum on Instagram issued an apology for illegally recording an anime' film via Instagram Story. The administrators of an anime forum on Instagram issued an apology for illegally recording an anime' film via Instagram Story. (instagram.com/forumanime.id/File)

On Monday, the anime forum had reportedly issued an apology, especially to Odex Private Limited, the film’s distributor for the Asia region. “We’re truly sorry for what we have done several days ago,” read the statement. “We apologize for our mistake because we lack knowledge of piracy laws.” (kes)