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Manga Scanlation Teams Don’t Want War, They Want Accessible Content

Opinion Huge scanlation platform MangaDex recently revealed that legal pressures had, among things, restricted its ability to receive donations from users. Following our report, a server administrator connected to several other groups gave us additional insight into these anti-piracy efforts. Amid the hostilities, however, it appears that all the scanlation community really wants is to […]

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Manga Publishers Sue Pirate Site “Hoshinoromi” in New York Court

Four of the largest manga publishers have sued ‘pirate’ site Hoshinoromi in a New York federal court. The Japanese companies accuse the site of blatant copyright infringement and request damages. According to the publishers, Cloudflare is helping the site’s operators to conceal their identities. The popularity of pirated comics represents a thorn in the side […]

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YouTube Ordered to Hand Over Identities of Manga Pirates

Publishing giant Shogakukan has obtained a DMCA subpoena compelling YouTube to hand over the personal details of several alleged manga pirates, including their names, addresses, IP logs, and financial information. However, significant details in the subpoena could have even broader consequences. Users of YouTube upload millions of pieces of content to the platform every month, […]

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Three Manga Pirates Sentenced to Prison in Japan

Three men who operated a popular site indexing pirated copies of manga publications have been jailed in Japan. The sentences range from two years and four months to three years and six months. The men are former student graduates in their 20s. With the support of the Japanese government, content creators in Japan are attempting […]

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Japan Planning Up to Two Years in Prison For Manga Pirates

While downloading copyright-infringing movies and music is illegal in Japan, downloading static images such as manga is not. According to local reports, the Agency for Cultural Affairs intends to criminalize the practice, with jail sentences of up to two years and fines of two million yen (US$17, 729) While uploading infringing content is generally considered […]