"Sailor Moon" Fan Zine Kickstarter Shut Down Due to Copyright Dispute

Project raised $8,500 for a zine planned to feature over 60 pages of color artwork from other 45 remarkable contributors

Here's an example of why there isn't much of a doujinshi scene in North America, particularly not in regards to print doujinshi. Sailor Moon fanzine "Moon Power" was looking good. It raised over $8,500 in Kickstarter crowd funding. It was set to feature some really interesting tribute art from some really interesting artists. Unfortunately, pre-orders have been halted after Kickstarter pulled the fundraiser due to a copyright claim.

 

The DMCA Notice was submitted by Random House, who distributes Kodansha manga, such as Sailor Moon, in North America.

 

From Kickstarter's post of the DMCA notice:

Re: MOON POWER! A Sailor Moon art fanzine

Description of copyrighted material: MOON POWER! A Sailor Moon art fanzine

Description of infringing material: This Kickstarter is for a magazine (or 'zine) based on copryighted material. It also includes unlicensed merchandise (stickers, patches and posters) as incentives.

 

"Moon Power" was planned to feature over 60 pages of color artwork from other 45 remarkable contributors including:

Hilary Florido

Hellen Jo

Natasha Allegri

Ralph Niese

Kali Ciesemier

Andrea Kalfas

Kate Leth

Barbara Tarr

Christine Larsen

Erin Rei

Michael DeForge

Aleks Sennwald

Dilraj Mann

Joanna Krotka

Sloane Leong

Sabrina Parolin

Jenn Woodall

Stefan Tosheff

Trevor Henderson

John Lang

Sam Alden

Jimmy Giegerich

Amanda Thomas

Shannon May

Britt Wilson

Carly Schmitt

Rachel Kahn

Irena Freitas

Julia Sonmi Heglund

Melanie Tranchemontagne

Laura Harte

Janelle Carbajal

Shirley Chan

Katherine Verhoeven

Katie Turner

JJ Tebrake

Amber Seegmiller

Katie Skelly

Kristen Acampora

Hannah K. Lee

Abby Boeh

Mary Verhoeven

Michelle Chrzanowski

Hamlet Machine

Gillian Blekkenhorst

Wishcandy / Sashiko Yuen

Kaity Hill

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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