Major Manga Publishers Prepare to Sue Cloudflare Over Pirate Sites
Four major manga publishers are preparing to sue US-based CDN company Cloudflare for allowing pirate sites to use its services. Rather than file a copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States, Shueisha, Kodansha, Shogakukan, and Kadokawa will file their complaint in Japan, demanding millions in damages and an end to the distribution of pirated content.
In recent years pressure from copyright holders has seen Cloudflare labeled a piracy facilitator. The CDN company does cooperate with rightsholders and insists that its services and processes meet the criteria laid out in the DMCA. But for some companies, Cloudflare doesn’t go far enough and according to a report coming out of Japan, will soon face a new lawsuit related to manga piracy.
Major manga publishers Shueisha, Kodansha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa are no strangers to legal action against pirate sites and their operators. They were famously linked to the dismantling of Mangamura, a now-defunct site blamed for causing billions of dollars in losses to the Japanese manga industry. In that case, the site’s operator was jailed for three years but since then other pirates have moved in to fill the void.
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