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I am sure you have heard of Fox News, owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.

This diary is about a direct action against Rupert Murdoch in another dimension of his media empire. It turns out that Rupert Murdoch has the biggest pirate base in the US anime market.

This direct action involves those of us with flat-rate broadband connections right-clicking on a bunch of links and downloading a bunch of bootleg files into a temporary directory - then erasing the files. Since Rupert Murdoch's MySpace servers host hundreds of bootleg anime streams, from one anime streaming site alone, if enough of us download enough files at the same time - it will increase the amount of money that Rupert's media empire has to pay to host bootleg anime.

In short, it hits Rupert in his wallet, where it hurts him the most. More, after the fold.

Act on Friday, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific, and 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific.

For those of you catching up on what in the hell this is all about, MarzGurl covers the original incident that brought this to my attention.

Long story short, I was curious how this bootleg anime streaming site was obtaining streaming, since they claimed that they did not host any of the streams (but as MarzGurl points out, they actively upload bootlegs onto free streaming sites), and went looking.

And it turned out that a lot of their videos were stored at "MySpaceCDN.com", which a search of whois.com reveals is 20th Century Fox. Or, in other words, one of the companies in the same NewsCorp Media Empire owned by Rupert Murdoch that includes the Faux News Channel that organizes political rallies, pays Glen Beck and Bill O'Really?, etc.

This is the same NewsCorp that aggresively pursues what it views as its copyright interests. However, while the Digital Millenium Copyright Act is designed to protect the interests of big media empires (after all, they helped write it), it seems that it does not work so well in protecting the interests of the little guy.

This is not to say that Rupert's NewsCorp Media Empire deliberately violates the law. Oh, no, they are engaged in that kind of profiteering from piracy. They are more like the support base that sells supplies to ships, and the ship's name seems newly painted and there seems to be a few bloodstains on its chests of dubloons, well, a busy support base doesn't have time to worry about that kind of stuff.

Fox News's parent NewsCorp is simply allowing people to upload, and waiting until the rights owner sends in the paperwork before they spend any time looking into it.

And if that undermines the actual creators (CNN Video) in a medium being hammered by the bootlegs NewsCorp servers are hosting, well, NewsCorp seems to have no reason to care.

Unless direct action spotlights the hypocrisy of their stance on copyright.

Indeed, FoxNews is one of the owners of Hulu.com, which is one of the sites that streams legitimate licensed versions of some of these series - and instead of cleaning up its own act as far as hosting bootleg streams that compete against Hulu.com - they instead argue that Hulu.com has to drop its free access model.

I wonder whether they have explained to their business partners in Hulu.com that NewsCorp cannot be bothered to take down bootleg anime streams from MySpace that compete against Hulu.com programming. Indeed, Disney and NBC ought to be asking, in their own interest, the same question as to why NewsCorp servers turn up as one of the servers of choice for bootleg streaming anime sites?

Now, personally I am not all that worried whether NewsCorp sabotages Hulu.com and picks the pockets of Disney and NBC in doing so. However, I do have affection for the free streaming site Crunchyroll, which presently streams about half the Japanese fall season in the US for paying members an hour after broadcast, and by ad-supported free streams a week later.

Crunchyroll also does what they can to make their streams available around the world, but as a legitimate streaming site, they have to respect that crazy patchwork quilt of rights, and cannot stream all of their shows to all countries around the world.


How to participate

If you wish to participate, its a relatively straightforward process. Rightclick on the links, save the link to a temporary folder, and when you are done, delete the folder. If you want to charge Rupert a double tax because one of the companies in his Media Empire annoyed you this week - Fixed Noise spread some particularly egregious lie, or the Wall Street Journal once again treated unemployment as a necessary price to pay in the fight against inflation - well, go ahead, its a free country.

If there are download error messages, just keep going through the list. Indeed, the more we publicize that NewsCorp is acting in a way that hurts a small, struggling industry (which everyone expects) but are also ripping off their Hulu.com joint venture partners NNC and Disney, the more likely they are to be forced to take action to close down their Anime Pirate Support Bases.

I am going to start with some Dub bootlegs, since of course undermining the dubbed anime market means putting American voice actors and actresses out of work, in addition to threatening more bankruptcies and re-organizations among the small, struggling American distribution companies.

Then will come series that are available for free streaming at Crunchyroll, which means that the Japanese rights owners have worked hard to make legitimate copies of the shows as readily available as possible to a US audience.

And finally the large number of episodes of the series "Bleach", that as far as I know is only available for legitimate free streaming on Hulu.com - and which might not continue to be if Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp pursue the abandonment of free streaming at Hulu.com.

Check in each week - this list will continue to grow.


The List

Act on Friday, 6pm Eastern, 3pm Pacific, and 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific.

NewsCorps Streaming of Bootleg Dubbed Anime

Naruto Shippuden Episode 4 (DUB)
    http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden (Dub) Ep 03
    http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden (Dub) Ep 02
    http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden (Dub) Ep 01
    http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee at CrunchyRoll

Ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Ep2: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Ep3: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

11Eyes at Crunchyroll

Ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Ep2: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Tail at Crunchyroll

Ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

White Album Second Season at Crunchyroll

Ep1: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Ep2: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Armed Librarians - Book of Bantarra at Crunchyroll

Ep3: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Naruto Shippuden at Crunchyroll

ep112: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep113: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep114: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep115: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep116: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep117: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep118: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep119: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep120: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep121: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep122: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep123: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep124: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep125: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep126: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep127: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep128: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep129-130: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep131: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
ep132: http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Naruto Shippuuden Episode 106
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuuden Episode 105
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuuden Episode 104
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 86-87
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden 85
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden 81
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 76-77
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 75
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 26
http://content.movies.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 12
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden 11
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Shippuden 8-9
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Naruto Shippuden 6-7
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Naruto Episode 5
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Bleach at Hulu

Bleach Episode 243
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 242
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 240
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 239
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 238
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 237
Bleach Episode 236
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 235
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 234
http://www.megavideo.com/...
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 233
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 232
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 231
Bleach Episode 230
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 229
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 228
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 227
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 226
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 225
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 224
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 223
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 221
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 219
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 218
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 217
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 216
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 215
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 214
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 213
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 212
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 211
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 210
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 209
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 208
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach Episode 207
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 204
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 203
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 200  
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 199
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 198
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 196
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 193
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 192
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 191
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 190
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 171
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 154
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 148
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 141
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 125
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 120
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 116
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 113
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 112
http://media.imeem.com/...
Bleach 110
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 107
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 94
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 89
http://content.movies.myspace.com/...
Bleach 86
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 84-85
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
http://mediaservices.myspace.com/...
Bleach 83
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 73-74
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 72
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 71
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 70
Bleach 68-69
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 55
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 50
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 48
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...
Bleach 18
http://content.movies.myspace.com/...
Bleach 04
http://content.movies.myspace.com/...
Bleach 03
http://content.movies.myspace.com/...
Bleach 01
http://cache01-videos02.myspacecdn.c...

Originally posted to BruceMcF on Fri Oct 30, 2009 at 02:34 PM PDT.

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