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KissAnime Taken Down: Japan Enacts Stricter Laws!

KissAnime official streaming website is taken down. It is no longer available anywhere. Millions of anime fans are wondering why this and why now?

Everyone streams free content on illegal websites. Whether it be movies, series, or anime, these illegal websites feature everything. These illegal websites have always been an issue for legal authorities. These websites impact box-office collection and paid subscription streaming channels.

Everyone is asking why is the website taken down now? Why after a full functioning decade?

Read this article for all the details.

When was KissAnime taken down?

The official streaming website is of the internet servers and no one can access them. According to some Reddit users, the website was taken down at some time between 10 and 10:20 PM last night, August 14.

The KissAnime support team posted the following at 10:50 PM on their discord:

“KissManga and KissAnime will be closed forever. Thank you for your supports ☹ Thank you for those years.”

CAUTION: Do not get fooled by other ‘KissAnime’ websites. These websites are mostly fishing websites and scammers. They cannot be trusted and you might get yourself into a scam. These websites can also corrupt your device and steal or erase your data.

Why was KissAnime taken down?

KissAnime was an illegal website. It streams content without buying their copyrights. This hurts the content’s original producers and copyright owners. Illegal streaming has always been a major issue.

In their defense, KissAnime DMCA Page posted the following:

“The author is not responsible for any contents linked or referred to from his pages – If any damage occurs by the use of information presented there, only the author of the respective pages might be liable, not the one who has linked to these pages. KissAnime doesn’t host any content.”

Additionally, Quora users pointed out that technically redistributing content is not illegal. Especially, if you are in the hosting country, you can do it. This a great loophole.

Will the website ever return?

As of now, KissAnime’s website’s return seems highly unlikely. There a lot of fake websites claiming to be the new official domain. Be aware of such fake websites. We highly recommend you not to visit these websites or share the hyperlinks on social media. Most of these websites are ‘phishing’ and they make your device vulnerable to being infected with malicious software.

KissAnime Taken Down
Source: KissAnime

This certainly seems like the website’s end, but we will update you if there is any hope.

In the meantime, if you are an avid anime fan and are missing on your stream, then buy a subscription. Crunchyroll and Funimation are anime streaming giants that charge nominal subscription fees. These platforms are legal so you don’t ever have to worry about missing out.

Stricter copyright laws

Japan’s Government is all set to enact stricter copyright laws from January 2021 onwards. These laws will target leech websites as well.

This means that websites that provide hyperlinks to download torrent files of pirated manga or anime will also be targeted.

In 2019, Romi Hoshina was arrested while trying to flee the country. He was a manga pirate. Officials caught Romi when he was cathing a plan to Hong Kong from The Philippines and trying to runaways. He reportedly owned Manga Mura. Manga Mura website was considered one of the most notorious manga sharing websites at the time.

According to CNN, the sales losses amounted to 320 billion yen (S$4.12 billion). The site worked full time from January 2016 to April 2018. According to the Japanese Officials, the publishers claimed to have lost as much $2.9 billion (320 billion yen) in sales.

Weekly Shounen Jump and Shonen Magazine’s publishers jointly filed a lawsuit against websites they called “successor sites” to Manga Mura.

These actions sparked the fire that hunted KissAnime down. Japan’s Government aims to take down illegal streaming mafia to stop copyright violations.

We will bring more details very soon. Until then, stay tuned and keep reading for the latest updates!

Dhruvin Shah
Dhruvin Shah
Dhruvin has completed his Bachelor's in Engineering. He loves writing about upcoming and current TV Shows, Movies and Animes.

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