The other day a few NJPW gif makers woke up to some copyright notices on their posts. Apparently posting or sharing NJPW gifs is copyright for the time being.
One Twitter account got suspended for this the other day due to getting a bunch of copyright complaints. It should be noted that WWE and UFC had gone after GIF makers in the past, but have largely let up on the copyright claims as of late since the Internet is really hard to police.
New Japan is already looking at changing how they handle GIFs in the future. Voices of Wrestling had revealed on Twitter an office source at New Japan told them that they are looking into the issue. At this time it's being “reevaluated,” so expect to learn more about it in the near future.
The show is recorded but we never got to this topic.— Voices of Wrestling (@voiceswrestling) October 19, 2018
Long story short, according to an office source, they are looking into the issue and it is being reevaluated. https://t.co/6IoWNd7s9c
There was one user who NJPW didn't go after, and they had explained why.
I didn’t get in trouble with NJPW this morning simply because I slept in instead of getting up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the show live. Friday was going to be my Road to Power Struggle catch up day since there’s a ton of stuff this week with the usual mountain of WWE content, plus the addition of NXT UK, Bound For Glory this past Sunday, two new Tokyo Joshi Pro shows added to DDTU, the ongoing Stardom tag league tournament and so on.
I’m sorry to see folks like Lariato caught up in the crackdown. I think his gifs really helped put New Japan on the map in the west. Just think of all the eyes that were first exposed to the product through the gifs of the Ospreay/Ricochet match that took over the Internet after BOSJ 2016. It’s ultimately NJPW and TV Asahi’s content, but I hope the high sheriffs at NJPW can at least be persuaded to do something like WWN’s GIF policy going forward.