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NNL and minori update websites

April 26th, 2010, by zalas
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The foreign-facing section of minori’s website has been updated with an added explanation of their reasoning for their recent actions, seemingly focusing on indemnification of users. They also extend a welcome for people to visit Japan and play their games there. Meanwhile, NNL has updated their website, replacing it with an embedded YouTube video of a song called Rise Again and a new title for their page: No Name Losers – We Rise Again! There appears to be some confusion about whether NNL contacted minori previously regarding Wind. It does not appear that the project team really thought that minori knew about the project, according to the project FAQ.

A translation of the full text of minori’s update is as follows (please let us know if there are issues with the translation):

2010/04/26 minori

To those of you living overseas:

Sorry for writing this in Japanese.
There are subtle nuances that we could not convey properly by trying to write this in English, so we’ve decided to write this in Japanese. Please bear with us.

Soon, it will have been one year since we at minori started blocking access from overseas.
It is extremely unfortunate that we have to update this [overseas-facing] page, instead of removing it altogether.

We are updating this page after receiving notice that minori’s software copyrights were being violated overseas.

Works published in any of the signatory countries of the WTO should be protected under copyright in all of the signatory countries. In other words, minori’s software is protected in all of the countries who are a part of the WTO.

Copyright is a collection of various rights; when playing [a video game] and you install the game from the DVD to a PC’s hard drive, this particular act normally falls under the definition of “replication.” For those of you who have bought our software, we give you permission for this act of replication if you are in Japan only. (For why, please see below) This is why minori’s software is “exclusively for use in Japan.”

Furthermore, copyright also includes “translation rights” and “public transmission rights”.
Actions such as translating from Japanese into a different language or porting from one platform to the other falls under “translation right”. Exceeding the realm of personal use and making available to the public a translated work requires the permission of minori; making available on the Internet a part of or the entirety of our software (when the right to quote a work isn’t applicable) falls under “public transmission rights”, and therefore minori’s permission is required as well. (For example, this time .sc extension script files were uploaded to a website. Uploading these files and transmitting them to an indefinite number of people is a violation of the “public transmission right”.)

There are some of you overseas who are making available to the public a translation patch for minori’s software without minori’s permission; this is a violation of “translation rights” so please refrain from these actions.

Whether you want to make publicly available a translation patch for minori’s software or if you want to sell a standalone version of the software, you must obtain minori’s permission for all these cases. Companies and groups who are interested in this please contact minori headquarters in Japan. We are prepared for negotations (However, only in Japanese).

In order to publish [eroge] software in Japan, it is imperative to have the software examined by the Ethics Organization of Computer Software (EOCS) or an equivalent ethics inspection agency and obtain a proof of legality. Likewise, there are rating agencies in places such as America, Canada, Europe (including Scandanavia, England and Germany), South Korea, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, so it is necessary to undergo examination by the appropriate rating agency for the country in which the game is published in order to confirm that the game has no legal issues with the laws of that country. In other countries, the company/group releasing the software must bear all [legal] responsibility.

Let us set legal interpretation and procedures aside and talk more about why we at minori are so cautious about our software being distributed outside of Japan.

Lately, around us, we have been made keenly aware of many clashes of culture between Japan and other countries. Even if a certain form of expression is fine in Japan, due to a difference in culture, it appears that the same form of expression is considered problematic in other countries. Unfortunately, we at minori are not familiar with the laws outside of Japan, and we cannot determine whether our software follows the rules and regulations of other countries.

Also, after a little bit of investigation, we realized that there are countries that punish mere possession of problematic forms of expression.

In other words, we at minori believe that there’s a possibility that those of you who posssess copies of our software may face problems. (Actually, there has been cases of problems due to possession of content in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand that would have been legal in Japan, hasn’t there?) This is based on nothing more than the fact that minori develops many pieces of software that fall under the R18 rating (Perhaps overseas this is called AO+?) and the law and regulations with respect to these forms of expressions are different in other countries. (Of course, even if something is rated all-ages in Japan doesn’t mean it will be treated as all-ages overseas. This has been the case many times with respect to animation) Thus, if such a problem occurs, minori cannot indemnify users who obtained a translated version that was produced and released without knowledge or oversight from minori, and furthermore coming with no assurances from any other party. Respecting our rights (copyright) means accepting an equivalent level of responsibilities, since rights and responsibilities are two sides of the same coin. No matter how a user obtains our work, we at minori want to prevent harm to people at all costs. This is a rule that we at minori must obey as long as we operate in public society.

We at minori are worried about exposing people who have our software to risk. In order to provide a safe and assuring environment in which to play [our games], we at minori only have the power to provide this within Japan. Therefore, if people outside Japan (specifically the English-speaking world) would like to play our games, we believe that a trustworthy third party who can provide assurances is needed.

Each country has their own culture. In order to respect each other’s culture, various different rules exist. We’ve been criticized by such lines as “minori are a bunch of foreigner-hating racists,” and we are saddened by this. We always strive for a world where everyone can be happy. The right to pursue happiness is something that should be enjoyed by everyone, and this is not something that is restricted by nationality or race. This has been said many times, but we at minori want to prevent misfortune or harm to come upon those who possess our software.

We and the fans should not bear enmity towards each other.
Our relationship should be one where we all think about how each side can be happy and how to work this within the bounds of previously mentioned rules; this is not a problem based on “inside Japan” versus “outside Japan”.

Lastly, for those of you living overseas, please come visit Japan if you want! As long as it’s within Japan and as long as you are 18 years of age or older, you can play
minori’s game software without any risks. There are many shops in Akihabara. It’s a bit hot during the summer, but it is a good place. We will be waiting for you.

for many many Overseas fan.

minori Inc.

To contact us, please send email to info@minori.ph in Japanese.

The original text is:


2010年4月26日 minori









日本でソフトウェアをリリースする場合、コンピュータソフトウェア倫理機構(EOCS)やその他同等の倫理審査団体の審査を受け、合法的であることの証明を取らなければなりません。同じように、アメリカやカナダ、ヨーロッパ(北欧、イギリス、ドイツを含む)、韓国、ブラジル、オーストラリア、ニュージーランドなどにはレーティングを行う団体がありますので、当該国でのリリースにはその団体の審査を受け、当該国の法律上問題が無いか確認する必要があります。 それ以外の国でのリリースの場合、リリースする会社や団体が全ての責任を負う必要があります。








最後に、外国に御住まいの皆様。もしよろしければ、ぜひ日本へいらしてください! minoriのソフトウェアは日本国内でプレイする限り、あなたが18歳以上であれば何のリスクも無くプレイできます。秋葉原には沢山のショップがあります。夏はちょっと暑いですが、いいところです。お待ちしております。

for many many Overseas fan.

minori Inc.


(the following section was moved from the previous article in order to balance out article sizes)

Whether to contact minori or not was a point of discussion amongst the project members before the release on the Wind patch. The project FAQ, last updated in 2007, read:

Was this project endorsed by minori?

No. To our knowledge, minori has no idea that we’ve done this. If they do know, then they are not acknowledging it for their own reasons. Every single bit of this project was voluntary work, and no one from insani or NNL was monetarily compensated in any way by minori.

The FAQ page is currently not available from the NNL website (the rest of the Wind project page hasn’t been online for some time), but it is still available as of this writing in Google’s cache.


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