Last December, we informed you of a dispute between YouTuber Mark Fitzpatrick and the Toei Animation Co. The anime critic had been contacted by the production company to inform him that 150 videos from his channel Totally Not Mark did not respect Japanese copyrights and had therefore been censored. If you would like more details on the beginnings of this case, please visit This article. But in a month, things seem to have changed a lot, especially since YouTube decided to affix his two cents…
Toei really ready for anything?
Shortly after this whole story, Mark Fitzpatrick was allegedly contacted by a high-ranking person at YouTube. According to him, she would have revealed to him that a copyright dispute already existed, even before all this business, between the platform and the Toei Animation.
She also reveals to him that the company would have contacted YouTube directly to change the censorship of the videos to something more definitive, namely their outright removal from the chain. According to Fitzpatrick, the video content platform refused and requested proof from Toei Animation to use such methods.
The production company then preferred to provide a new list of videos to be deleted. This carries the new number of content that does not respect copyright from 150 to finally 86 videos. Regarding this, Mark Fitzpatrick said:
This list had the most arbitrary assortment of videos I have ever seen. Honestly, it looked like someone picked the videos completely randomly…
Youtube to the rescue of its content creators
Although this is a small victory in itself, youtubeur Mark Fitzpatrick still seemed far from out of the woods. He knew well that if Toei sued in Japan, it would be difficult for him to win since the legislation is very harsh on copyright in this country.
It is then here that YouTube decided to intervene. The platform will draw for the first time, a rule never before applied. This allows rights owners to have videos removed only in territories where they do not comply with copyright laws.
Thanks to that, Mark Fitzpatrick won’t be forced to shut down his channel as he had imagined. Instead, the videos in the sights of Toei Animation Co. will only be removed in Japan, and in other countries where they do not respect copyright. This leaves a significant margin to the youtubeur to continue his activity. Remember, however, that Toei Animation has the rights of big anime such as Digimon, One Piece or even Dragon Ball who will soon be back with a new film…