A sizable number of users on 4chan’s /jp/ board felt upset at TLWiki’s handling of the situation and discussed the idea of a translation wiki that was impervious to cease-and-desist orders. This resulted in the setup of C&Dwiki, which redirects users from Japan to a snarky message. There are currently two new translation projects on this site. In other news, No Name Losers earlier today updated their website with a different YouTube video, as well as a new caption, “A Mystic Adventure!” Furthermore, on the bottom of their website is written “T minus 24 hours”. Lastly, former fan translator and current MangaGamer translator kouryuu started up a thread on our forums discussing the position of fan translations of visual novels.
When C&Dwiki was first set up, it used a set of IP subnet blocks implemented using MediaWiki’s built-in IP blocking mechanism. There were several holes in this block earlier, but they appear to be patched up by now, resulting in Japanese visitors being greeted by a parody of minori’s foreign-facing site:
C&D; official website.
This website cannot be browsed from Japan.
Some Japanese seem to be having an antipathy against TRANSLATIONS.
Therefore,we have prohibited the access from your country in order to defend our culture.
Sorry for you who believes in translations.
The website appears to be hosted in Austria, and the domain registration appears to be from a German registrar. Austria and Germany are both signatories to the Berne convention as well as to the WIPO Copyright Treaty. However, it is not clear that these two countries have provisions in their laws for something similar to a DMCA takedown. Therefore, it may take more effort and time on the accuser’s part to legally force allegedly infringing content to be removed.
Currently on the C&Dwiki is a translation project for VisualArt’s brand mana’s Mare Mare Mare -Sister Plus- with a couple hundred lines translated so far, as well as a translation for recently doujin-turned-pro brand Lose’s first work, GothDel with script files dumped. Both projects are looking for additional staff.
In addition to these translation projects, the C&Dwiki also hosts a panoply of tools for working with and modifying various game engines.
UPDATE: NNL states on its website that it has canceled work on ef. However, their website shows a “404 – Not Found” when browsed with a certain Japanese proxy but appear fine to several people in Japan who have browsed to the site.
The website as of this writing states:
ef has been canceled due to a cease and desist order from minoriworks. Members of the ef project read certain articles on certain web sites, became “beyond freaked out,” and after careful consideration, did not wish to risk their comfortable livelihoods.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.
UPDATE 2: NNL states that they actually meant that the ef fandub project was cancelled and not the main project. They have released an installer on their own website and state that the data files needed for the installer can be found “somewhere else.”
2010.04.30. ef Lite is out! But you won’t find it here. Not for now, at least. Installation of ef Lite requires two files: the installer and the data file. We’ll happily link you to the installer here, which is on a third-party server. The installer contains no data from the game itself. As for the data file, you’ll have to find that somewhere else. Maybe try looking on a highway. Or ask a commie friend. Commies are so nice!
The ef script is more than double the length of Wind -a breath of heart-’s! It’s a long game, so have fun playing the SHINIEST and PRETTIEST (and therefore, BEST) visual novel ever!
If you’re wondering, we did not include the fandisc scripts. They will be included in ef Genuine Draft, the deluxe version of ef that will also contain all of the new PS2 event CG!
As for that announcement about ef being canceled? Well, that was for the ef fandubbed visual novel! Shame on you if you thought we were going to cancel ef Lite! But here are some people who were fooled!
The website then links to a post on 4chan, a post on the Amaterasu forums, this post and a post on visual-novels.net