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Japanese Fart Battle: Flying TreeJP started as a project to support my local library’s Manga Club. As these things tend to do, the club went one way and JP went another. After seeing such an interest in this little blog, I decided to keep writing for it. Not to mention I had fun researching about Japanese culture. I enjoyed anime, but I don’t consider myself an otaku. I have a bachelor degree in computer animation, so anime just became an extension of my love for all things animated.

Well, in any case, you kept reading so I kept writing. I studied anime and manga as part of my Master’s degree coursework in library science. Yeah, librarians require Master’s degrees. I now write and publish books on folklore and my other interests.

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  • One of your articles about copyright and resharing of anime content uses, you mentioned that it is okay to publish share etc.

    But here is my problem.

    I shared an anime video and I used an app to download a video from YouTube and I uploaded onto my Instagram story.

    My parents then alerted and warned me about me sharing other people’s work and content.

    They said that anime companies are really touchy on this.

    Do you know any legal way to share anime contented stuff that does not belong to me and I can repost it on Instagram especially on my stories?

    Well every law is different in every country and I’m from Singapore.

    Do you know the law of Singapore’s?

    • In the US, Fair Use is partially determined by the amount of a copyrighted work you share. Sharing anime images, for example, usually isn’t an issue. And sharing a short video of an anime and discussing it usually isn’t a problem. However, sharing an entire episode can be a problem if the anime company wants to make it that way. Sharing an entire series will certainly get you in trouble. This is especially true if you don’t discuss the video with your own words.

      The legal way, according to US law (and I’m not a lawyer so read this with skepticism), would be to include a shorter clip, no more than a few minutes, and then discuss that clip with your own words. The discussion can be a video or written, but it needs to be longer than the clip. So if you have a 3 minute anime video, you will have to discuss the video for, say, 10-12 minutes at least.

      I glanced at Singapore’s copyright laws, and while I can’t advise (only a copyright lawyer can) I can point out how Division 3, Section 43 applies to your parents’ concern. which states sharing of content is only lawful if the original owner is paid for the use of the content.

      I hope this helps!

  • Hi Chris. May you please contact me via email. I tried finding your email address with no success.

    • Hiya Adel,

      I emailed you. You can also use the contact form

  • Hi Chris. Do you have a email address I can contact you on? I have a question about one of your articles. Alternatively, please email me.

  • I am very impressed by this blog Chris. It is a very balanced presentation of the culture. In particular, the materials you are presenting about women in Japan is very insightful on your part as there are many who are seemingly blind to how the cutie culture in its various manifestations has affected female roles in Japan. My involvement in Japan has been long and storied– 21 years, two international marriages, two children whom were raised in the culture and a Japanese ex who is incarcerated for crimes related to his lolikon tendencies. I’d like to talk to you more outside of this blog. Please contact me. Stacy G.

    • Thank you, Stacy. I try to keep a balanced view and provide vetted sources. I’ve sent you an email.

  • Hello,

    Your site has some great information on Japanese Mythology. I wanted to let you know we linked to your site in a recent blog post, and wanted to send the link if you’d like to check it out or share!


    • Thanks! I am glad you find our little website helpful and informative.

  • Hey I added you to my blogroll, looking to trade links!

    I blog about anime episodes in general.

    • Thanks for the add! I also added you to my blogroll.

  • Hi, I have a blogroll can we trade links. Here is my website Anime Review. Thanks 🙂

    • Certainly! I’ve added your website to my links. Happy blogging!

  • Hi! I’m making a blogroll, would you like to trade links? ( http://anime-cataclysm.blogspot.in/ ) Would also love to hear your feedback on my blog! 🙂 – Thank You Very Much.

    • Certainly! I added you to my blogroll.

  • Very interesting stuff. Really delves in to some juicy cultural aspects. I would like to exchange links with you if you enjoy my site as well. Please check it out and let me know. 🙂

    • You have a nice selection of wallpapers: a lot more extensive than my little side section! :D. I will add you to my blogroll and also spruce up my desktop.

      • Just the cost of being varied…you’ll notice I have a rather horrible culture / folklore / reviews / and horror section…but at least the wallpapers are good. 😉

        I appreciate the exchange! Again, very cool site. If you ever want to do anything jointly or any reason really (maybe you have a request for which anime gets the next new section on AP..;)), feel free to drop me a line. 🙂

  • A bunch of interesting reads,
    Hello, I would love to exchange links with you 😀

    • Sure! I will add you to our blog roll. I like your music coverage, especially.

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