Popular pirated anime and manga streaming sites, KissAnime, and Kissmanga have been taken down by copyright owners. As of writing, accessing both websites only displays a text “All files are taken down by copyright owners. The site will be closed forever. Thank you for your supports.”

There’s also circulating posts on social media, which include a screenshot of the KissAnime Discord server announcing the closure of their website. The announcement revealed that all files from the beta servers were taken down by copyright owners resulting in the decision to close the website permanently.

Earlier this June, Japan’s parliament enacted the proposed revised copyright law. The revised law expands to punish those who knowingly illegally download or upload pirated manga, magazines, and academic works. Japan’s revised copyright law will go into effect starting January 1, 2020, and those who violate it will face up to two years jail time or a fine of up to 2 million yen(~Php 914,000). Meanwhile, those who operate these sites will receive up to five years jail time and/or a fine up to 5 million yen(~Php 2,285,003).


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