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IP Blocks, Revisited

May 26th, 2010, by zalas
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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.

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  1. Anon Z Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 11:27 am

    //Dear customers in foreign countries,

    “We thank you for your interest in our softwares and sending many e-mails.
    Unfortunately, under the company’s regulation,our softwares are only available
    for domestic customers over 18 and not for sale in foreign countries.
    Warranty and official support apply to the softwares purchased and performed in Japan, and do not apply to those outside Japan
    We hope you have an opportunity to purchase and perform our softwares in Japan.

    Warmest Regards,

    Representative of TEATIME”//

    Lol, this sound like Minori except for the “warmest regards” part.

  2. Anon Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 11:49 am

    To TLWiki staff: bring those buster’s names, right here, right now.

  3. 童貞 Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    There are none, and that anon on 2ch is making up bs. Don’t believe everything you read.

  4. Manix Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    consider 2ch is the original version of 4ch, I’m not surprise if it’s a bunch of bs.

  5. dawningblue Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Someone is saying the companies are elf, Giga, and Key. Key would make sense, since they’re supposedly in negotiations with MangaGamer.

  6. Highlight Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Until someone posts official e-mail correspondence backing these claims I see no reason to even bother considering the information presented. Chans are not known, as an authority on anything of substance and information posted on them should be regarded with a heavy dose of scepticism.

    I would suggest removing this news article because I feel its unnecessarily stirring up already muddy waters, as there is no proof to verify the claims made by this anonymous poster.

    At least confirm the allegations with the TLWiki staff, or ask for concrete confirmation from the anonymous claimant on 2chan. After all this community has had its fair share of drama recently, there is no need to fuel that fire on baseless accusation.

  7. zalas Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    >>6 (Highlight)
    The rumor is marked as rumor, and I have plausible cause to believe the rumor isn’t 100% fake. I cannot say any more right now, so let’s just leave it at that.

  8. random.idiot Says:
    May 26th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I have no problem accessing Teatime from Tanzania, in fact, I was never blocked!

    ILLUSION website is accessible again, and I am looking forward to Schoolmate 2 (didn’t even know it was in the making until now). Hopefully this means that ILLUSION understand what the real problem is, since they were in the center of the controversy, I wouldn’t be surprised if they have spent more time trying to understand it. (I like the fact that they have gone back to their anime style games again, RealKanojo was crap and nothing more then a west of money).

    P.S. ILLUSION might be trying to license their engine (well, the female character rendering part), which is why they need to appear as unbiased.

  9. DaFool Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    >>P.S. ILLUSION might be trying to license their engine (well, the female character rendering part), which is why they need to appear as unbiased.

    Source? That’s kinda interesting. Illusion’s best game for me was and still is Artifical Girl 3 which I still play to this day, mainly because of all the mods that get released. In fact the entire game feels like a character motion and sex simulation engine.

    Imagine if I were a game maker with a tight budget and want to make a mediocre JRPG with anime-style chicks with complete breast physics; this engine of theirs would be a godsend.

  10. random.idiot Says:
    May 27th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    @9. DaFool, the key word in that part is “might”

    I am just guessing, and yes I would love to see their anime style character rendering engine used in other games. (especially considering that their engine support character customization and cloth changing). I always found it strange that in RPGs you get to customize *your* character, but not the heroine’s character.

  11. Puchin Says:
    May 28th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Posted a lyrics, and that’s it!! Now I’m really clueless on what’s happening….
    But I believe they’re working on the game too since I took a glimpse on their IRC.
    at least no sarcasm has been done unlike minori bleh!

  12. Nanashi Says:
    May 29th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Whats with this rating shit?

  13. Eriol-kun Says:
    May 29th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    >> 12

    I believe, if you’re looking at AKABEi SOFT2’s reply, that when they say “reviewing” agency they mean their self-regulation standards; the CSA or EOCS. Zepy has an article on them here: http://zepy.momotato.com/2009/06/02/about-the-eocs/

  14. Eric Says:
    May 29th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    You’re my hero ILLUSION.

  15. Anon Says:
    May 30th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    ^Agreed

    I have a better image of ILLUSION now than I used to have of them.

    Anyway, that’s a pretty long ass list. Pretty sad to see so much tension between the west and east. Sigh…even Giga joins the boat. Would suck if even Alicesoft finally decides to restrict their site since I really love their games.

  16. zalas Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    >>15 (Anon)
    Well, AliceSoft said that they planned to restrict their site to Japanese IPs before their next big game came out. They also talked about the possibility of creating a separate foreign-facing site as well.

  17. anonymous Japanese Says:
    May 31st, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I think cause of these problems is money and politics. In this month, A amendment about enjoin us from show (freak) sex with imaginary girls come up in Tokyo (But actually this will effect to all of Japan). Some people alleges, “We must promote international standardization”. And productors can make benefits only by pass official sales channels.

    So it that be going to sell bishoujo-games on each countries, is really too hard…?

  18. Heresy Says:
    June 1st, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Oh, look, Baldr Force EXE was deleted.

    Suddenly, my interest in visual novel translations has hit rock bottom. Thanks, Giga. I’ll be sure to skip whatever you put your claws on in the future instead of getting any hopes up. Well, at least Key is trying. Maybe they’ll do something to get me back.

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  20. wtf Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    The TLWiki admin is the most non-professional individual in regards to respecting copyright.
    The man has no ethics and his entire hosting is paid for by his parents.
    I find it horribly amusing that he’s involved in any professional projects at all.

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