My personal major interest is intellectual property. I was introduced to some of the issues related to copyright from before I can really remember. One of the big things that concerned me early on in my college career was related to anime, as one of the founders of the Anime Club at Syracuse University. Did the anime club have the right to show episodes that were commercially released in the US? Could the anime club legally have showings of materials that were fan subtitled and not commercially available? What was the legal status of fansubs? What was the legal status of fandubs? What about fan transcripts? For that matter, what about fan fiction published on the Internet? What about…? etc.
I still think about these subjects often. ^_^