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Scanlation Sites in danger

If you've been reading your mangas (non-yaoi) on sites like MangaFox or OneManga, you may have to look elsewhere soon.

According to Publisher's Weekly, 36 Japanese and American Publishers and Companies have gotten together to fight aggressively against online scanlation sites.

VIZ-Media, publisher of popular series like Naruto and Bleach, has released a statement on their website, citing the need to "protect the intellectual property rights of our creators and the overall health of our industry" as a reason for this move.

So, if you haven't finished reading your favorite series at one of these sites, better scoot on over and do it now - it might be gone by tomorrow. >.

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fowo
Jun. 9th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
What bullshit. D: I for one belong to these people who like to have a look at manga before I buy one and scanlation sites are perfect for that. (Plus, well, the amout of manga I wouldn't understand if it weren't for scanlation sites. *pets her Matoh-stuff*
ravensilver
Jun. 9th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Indeed! I've discovered a lot of manga (and anime) through scanlation sites that I would never have read (and bought) otherwise. The main concern seems to be twofold, though: one, that the scanlation sites are making *money* off posting for free what publishers have paid lots of $$ for to license and, two, that we are going to end up with a generation of internet users who *expect* everything to be free and up for grabs.

>.<

I think there should be a viable alternative, though. Like a publisher run website where you can buy your weekly chapter for, like, $0.99 for downloading.
fowo
Jun. 9th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I guess that would be an alternative, but I don#t really think that "piracy" will ever die out. People are just too stingy for that. Me too, for that matter. If I can get something for free, why pay for it? Although, well, I'm oldschool enough to buy manga, games, CDs and movies if I like them enough.
ravensilver
Jun. 9th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
No, piracy won't die out. It will just go underground.

True, everyone loves something for free. But what it really is - if we look at the whole thing correctly - is stealing. You wouldn't walk into the bookstore and just *steal* a book off the shelf because you couldn't afford to buy it at that moment, right? It's a conscience thing, and I think that's getting lost in the "everything free" internet mentality.
sunhawk16
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Figured that was coming after that massive crack-down on that htmlcomics site. I think that case really opened the door for it. *sigh*
ravensilver
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
*sigh* indeed!

The problem is that while I can *definitely* understand the publishers' side of this, I can also see the customer - or in this case, the reader's - side.

Many of us can't get our hands on the physical books - either because they aren't sold here, can't be imported, aren't licensed and translated or whatever. So, in this modern day and age, we turn to the internet.

However, instead of seeing where the *customer* is at - in the internet, wanting stuff to download and read *now*, not in a few weeks or months, and at an affordable price - they're bashing the new technology.

I would gladly pay a small fee to have the newest chapter of my favorite manga translated and online without time-delay, like sites like OneManga are offering at the moment. I don't want to be a victim of licensing wars, squabbles between publishers, the failure of printers to deliver on time and so on. I want my product, and if I'm not getting it legally, I'll get it illegally, because that is what the internet is offering.

I believe that instead of cracking down on all these sites, the JDCA should rope on all those scanlators - pay them a small fee to have the stuff done in record time - and then make the products available online *themselves*, instead of scanlation sites doing it. I think they're not seeing the signs of the times...
sunhawk16
Jun. 11th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I understand the publishers too, but the comic book site, in particular, annoyed me... most of the stuff on there has been out of print for decades, and not available anywhere outside a collector's comic shop. Where the sales of the books are not making any money for the publisher anyway. I'd be happy as a little clam to pay for that sort of stuff, if somebody would just make it available! >_
ravensilver
Jun. 11th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Yes, me,too! Add to that the fact that *many* comic and manga fans are *not* in the USofA, have no or limited access to those products and would very much be reading the same things others are.

I remember when there was *one* comic shop in all of Munich that imported American comics. One! And he charged an arm and a leg for those. These days, it's gotten better.

I wouldn't mind paying for an online copy, either. Or for a subscription to read as much as I can.
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