The creators of 10 minute versions of popular films were fined
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The creators of 10-minute versions of popular films were fined $3.56 million and could even go to jail

Two creators of the Fast Movie YouTube channel could be jailed for turning popular feature films into 10-minute videos released to the public. The videos were edited in a way that kept the film’s plot clear, allowing users who didn’t want to spend time watching the entire film to watch their abridged versions for free. The copyright holders were obviously not happy.

    Image source: YouTube

Image source: YouTube

These days, not all people can set aside two hours to watch a popular movie. The authors of the Fast Stone channel came to their aid. They edited 10-minute snippets from popular films to keep the plot open. Perhaps this approach will seem strange to many, but the videos on the bloggers’ channel have been viewed millions of times.

Bloggers’ activities have attracted the attention of copyright holders in Japan, who have filed civil lawsuits against them alleging infringement of the rights to 54 films. Ultimately, the Tokyo District Court ordered the bloggers to pay the rights holders $3.56 million in compensation. It’s also possible that this story will end with real jail terms for them.

For the first time, media companies in Japan expressed dissatisfaction with the behavior of bloggers who turned films into short videos as early as 2021. At that time, three people connected to the Fast Movie channel were arrested. At trial, they pleaded guilty and were sentenced to between 18 and 24 months in prison, suspended for up to four years. In addition, each of the defendants was fined $25,000.

The current civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of 13 media companies that are members of the Overseas Content Distribution Association (CODA) and the Japan Video Software Association (JVA). The films themselves that have had their distribution rights violated are only popular in the Japanese market and little known outside of it. The court examined the plaintiffs’ arguments and concluded that bloggers should be compensated for copyright infringement.

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