Manga piracy will be still a big hotbed of debate compared to anime piracy which is in decline. I was surprised to see a manga pirated site have an app on Google Play and charging a subscription fee. That's the weird thing given fan scanlation sites are free to access.
Decided to post the CEO's thoughts instead of ANN article. Here are both links
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Tweet 1 ・Manga Rock is an aggregator app that is made available on the App Store and Google Play Store. ・MR posts hundreds of illegal scans of Japanese artists. ・Not a single dollar of the advertisement revenue goes to the artists.
Tweet 2 ・NONE of the works on MR are uploaded with the artists’ blessings. They are all illegally uploaded without permission. ・To rub salt into the wound, they have started a “Subscription service” using your works. Charging around $5 per month. ・Make no mistake, MR is out here to kill artists and their livelihood.
Tweet 3 ・While countless manga authors are struggling to make ends meet, MR workers have a fancy office in Vietnam, decked out with Macs. ・Vietnam is considered a close ally of Japan, and we have fostered very strong diplomatic ties with one another. ・They also love Japanese anime and manga content. So it’s heartbreaking to see that a Vietnamese company is bringing suffering to the very Japanese authors that the Vietnamese people claim to love.
・So what can we do about it? ・First, authors should check if their works are on MR. ・If it is, encourage your publisher to request a takedown.
・If you don’t have a publisher, or you’re left to do it alone, there are two things you can do. ・First is to send an email through their website to request a takedown. ・Another is to call them out on Twitter/social media. ・If anyone needs English support, let me know and I’ll give you a template message.
・Something else we should be doing is to call out Apple for having the app on the App Store. ・Japan has one of the highest Iphone ownership rates in the world. In Japan, the definition of a smartphone is an Iphone. ・Japan is a very important market for Apple.
・But because of MR, a lot of Japanese artists are suffering. ・And Apple is pretending not to notice all of this. But with the help of Taro Yamada (Japanese Otaku politician), we might be able to launch a formal complaint against Apple.
・Because MR is on the App Store and on the Google Play Store, many foreigners believe the app to be “official”. ・This is a misconception we have to fix. ・If the app continues to remain on those platforms, it’s only going to make life worse for Japanese artists. ・At this rate, Apple and Google is complicit in killing Japanese artists.
・I run a publishing company that helps Japanese artists publisher their works overseas. ・And I try to mitigate the impact of these aggregate sites and manga scan by providing an avenue for artists to distribute officially localized works. ・But there’s only so much I can do on my own. ・We have to work as a community, and involve artists, fans, and those with influence like Mr. Yamada.
・So in order to spread the word of what MR is doing, and how Apple and Google is complicit in all of this, I ask that you RT this post and try to let as many people know. ・The things I can do are limited, but I hope to continue sharing information to all of you in order to protect the culture and the industry that I love so much. Tweet 11
・Added Notes: ・There are many foreign publishers that refuse to pick up works because they are already on aggregate sites and scans are already available. ・So no matter how much a foreigner might love a series, they may never experience the joy of holding and reading a printed copy of their favorite work.
・There have been cases where foreign publishers have told Japanese authors “Volumes 1 ~ 3 are available as scans, and since we can’t recuperate costs, we’ll only print from Vol 4 and onwards.” ・So the digital scans do end up affecting the potential physical releases of works. ・Physical sales are the bread and butter for a lot of artists. So not being able to sell overseas, because of existing scans, really hurts the artists.
@appstorejp @appstore @tim_cook @googleplay
@mangarockapp is an aggregate website that posts illegally uploaded content of Japanese artists and artists all over the world. By hosting the app, you're telling creators that their creations aren't worth protecting.
I really hope that you have a look into what MangaRock is doing. Because you hosting them is giving them legitimacy that they do not deserve.
Many Japanese artists make their work on an IPad. It's such a shame if you are going to leave them to die.
The next couple of tweets
・Just instructions on how to lay claims of copyright infringement / takedowns to Apple and Google. ・The politician Taro Yamada expressed an interest in the topic.
・MR is region locked so it doesn’t show up in Japan. This is a dirty trick as complaints in Japanese cannot be lodged against an app not released in Japan. (Everything has to be done in English. - The language barrier really hinders the process). ・Many authors are unaware and cannot check if their works are on MR. ・Over 5 million downloads on Google Play (More than the population of NZ where I’m from). ・On Apple, it’s a very highly ranked app. ・While Apple and Google aren’t directly responsible, their reluctance to take the app down gives it legitimacy.
Tweets about IP rights
・Works cannot be taken down unless an IP infringement claim is made. ・In a perfect world, your works won’t even be uploaded without your permission, but morals are a very rare thing nowadays, and decency is something we shouldn’t expect from the people working at MR. ・So the onus is on you to file an IP infringement.
・I’ve tagged and replied to MR. Hopefully they have something to say. *(They are yet to reply. Cowards.)
For those who want to know HOW scans HURT artists, you can check out this past post I wrote. (It’s very long - sorry for that.)
This is a post by a former scanlator who went on to work for a publisher and her thoughts on the matter.
For those of you looking for OFFICIAL manga reading apps, check out the links below. The money you pay for these apps GOES TO THE ARTISTS.
I have said this many times. “Capitalism” has screwed over a lot of things. The capitalist nature of the Japanese publishing industry is partly to blame for the rise of scans and aggregator sites. But artists REQUESTING TO BE PAID FOR THEIR WORKS is not capitalism. It’s common decency. So please support artists when you can. (Buying merch actually doesn’t help artists because the money goes to the license holder, but that’s a different issue I might touch upon in the future.)
Clicking on the links will take you to the websites.
While I do understand the fact that translating manga isn't easy and not every manga get licensed unfortunately, charging people for other people work and them not getting a dime is a crappy thing to do. I mean pirating something you cannot buy is one thing, charging people for it is just mess up.
This isn't a new thing as I've recalled news of other scanlation sites over the years getting shut down by manga publishers and distributors over piracy. I'm aware simulpubs are becoming a more legal option to read manga and light novels online. But like anime, there are still gaps in what is legally accessible and piracy still proves to be a means to get content you won't find via legal means right away. For instance with Bloom Into You, the manga's distributor here in the states, Seven Seas, doesn't do simulpubs for any of their licensed manga titles still ongoing within Japan due to licensing restrictions thus having to go the illegal route to see the manga's ongoing developments.
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Dream: Last anime I will be covering is Gankutsuou: Count of Monte Cristo. Will start watching it tomorrow. Not sure how much longer I can keep myself up at this point.
Feb 7, 2020 5:19:21 GMT
Taka: Depending on my energy, I can watched up to 2 AM. Usually with work, I fall asleep on anime series that don't have a lot of action.
Feb 9, 2020 3:24:18 GMT
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
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