Posts Tagged ‘Piracy Wars’

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Piracy Wars: A look at the recent Japanese manga pirate arrests

Piracy Wars: A look at the recent Japanese manga pirate arrests As most of you probably know by now, there have been some recent arrests in Japan over manga piracy. Some folks have asked for my thoughts on what has happened, so I’m going to oblige. For those who don’t know what has happened, I

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Piracy Wars: AstroNerdBoy, Viz Media, TV Tokyo, and the DMCA

On December 27, 2006, I decided to delve into the world of blogging about anime, manga, and things Japanese. Prior to that, I wrote reviews (and still contribute on occasion) to Community Anime Reviews, starting in 2002. In all that time, my only real concerns about bothering publishers & distributors were my Negima! spoiler images

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Piracy Wars: Selling Used Anime or Manga May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

When it comes to copyrighted items, major copyright holders (publishing companies for the sake of this article but it goes to any copyright holder) have long wanted 100% control over the product, including what the consumer does with said product. Anything that deviates in the slightest from what the copyright holder wants is automatically deemed

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Piracy Wars: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Recently, ANN posted a small article about how illustrator, animator, and composer KANZAKI Hiro (aka: ODA Hiroyuki), who uploaded a couple of song videos to the Japanese site Niconico, which he (1) had permission to do and (2) actually drew the artwork used in said videos. However, because of the massive protectionist nature of copyright

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Piracy Wars: The Origins of Fansubs

Piracy Wars: The Origins of Fansubs

  Piracy Wars: The Origins of Fansubs Because of the rapid advances in computer technologies, we are able to transfer vast amounts of data over the Internet in only a short period of time. We can convert movies and TV shows into video files that are compressed a great deal to save on space, yet

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Piracy Wars: Causes for Manga Sales Fall

Piracy Wars: Causes for Manga Sales Fall I periodically see articles published about how manga sales are down, and being a fan of manga and anime, this kind of news is of interest to me.  After all, I purchase a great deal of manga, both official English releases in the United States and some select

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School Rumble Beach Girls

Piracy Wars: Do Scanlations of Manga With Poor Endings Really Hurt U.S. Sales of Said Manga Titles?

Piracy Wars: Do Scanlations of Manga With Poor Endings Really Hurt U.S. Sales of Said Manga Titles? For the longest time, I have lamented the fact that School Rumble was cut short in the U.S.   As is typical of U.S. publishers, there’s this need (whether forced upon them by contracts with Japan or not) to

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Piracy Wars: Viz vs. MangaStream

Piracy Wars: Viz vs. MangaStream

Piracy Wars: Viz vs. MangaStream So, I was meandering through Twitter when I saw some buzz over a scanlation group named MangaStream being forced to stop scanlating Viz-licensed titles.  Naturally, there were thoughts all over on the subject, so I thought I’d go and see what MangaStream said.  Here it is. Dear MangaStream supporter, It’s

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