A blog site that keeps track of the export of Japanese bishoujo games, hevoluson, posted an article today looking at the current status of foreign IP blocks in Japan as well as TLWiki’s blocks, using a 2ch thread on an 18+ board as a source. The author points out an interesting post in the thread which claims that in addition to minori, CUFFS and Gungnir, there were three other companies who sent requests to TLWiki. However, there has been no sign of any response from TLWiki with regards to these requests.
The article verified the claims of one post (#972) in the thread which talked about companies that have currently restricted access to their websites from foreign parties. The author included links to images of the result when visiting from a foreign IP. Here is a translation of the results, with links added and images summarized (the results are from the article author, and sites such as Fuguriya’s seem to block random chunks of IPs):
ad:lib [blocked (403)]
NEXTON umbrella (e.g. Baseson, Tactic[sic], SCORE, Liquid) [can connect]
BLACK PACKAGE [blocked (403)]
AKABEiSOFT2 Brands (AKABEiSOFT2, Syangrila, AKATSUKI WORKS, WHEEL) [blocked (404 for AKABEiSOFT2)]
minori [blocked (custom page)]
mixed up [blocked (403)]
Shallot [blocked (404)]
SKILL UP [blocked (403)]
sprite [blocked (redirected to custom page at http://slpr.sakura.ne.jp/jpprovider.php)]
team it’s [blocked (403)]
Applique [blocked (403)]
Fuguriya [can connect]
YUZU_SOFT [blocked (403)]
TEATIME (blocked Chinese IPs but allowed Europe and America in the past) [both China and America can connect]
Visual Art’s (only VisualAntena is blocked, the various brands are all okay) [blocked (custom page)]
ALICESOFT (had talked about looking into closing off access) [currently okay]
Now, this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but it is a good survey of the current set of blocks in place. At the end of the original 2ch post is an interesting observation about ILLUSION:
ILLUSION used to block foreign access but everyone can access the website now. Its message to foreign visitors is rather polite instead of sarcastic like minori’s. It’s amazing since ILLUSION was the biggest victim in the whole Rapelay incident.
TLWiki, on the other hand, has instituted a block for visitors with Japanese IP addresses after receiving cease and desist emails from three different companies. The article on hevoluson points out an interesting post (#968) on the 2ch thread (translated here):
There’s a summary of the TLWiki events above, but it’s not correct.
It wasn’t just three companies who sent requests to cease translation of their games. There were three other companies who had already sent request emails, with two of them looking into removal requests.
I guess these patches are troublesome for these game makers…
If the above post is to be believed, there are still three unknown companies out there who want projects on TLWiki to be stopped.
UPDATE: Anime Novel related stuff moved to new post
UPDATE 2: Conversations in TLWiki’s IRC channel seem to indicate that cease and desist notices were indeed received from GIGA. Meanwhile, several uploaded scripts from Parfait were removed and Baldr Force EXE was removed from the list of projects in the sidebar.
UPDATE 3: Both Parfait and Baldr Force EXE pages have been now deleted from TLWiki.