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The end of manga hosting sites
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"An international coalition of Japanese and American-based manga publishers have joined together to combat what they call the “rampant and growing problem” of scanlations, the practice of posting scanned and translated editions of Japanese comics online without permission of the copyright holders. The group is threatening legal action against 30 scanlation sites. " - Publishers weekly article linked below.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/copyright/article/43437-japanese-u-s-manga-publishers-unite-to-fight-scanlations.html

AnimeA, a popular manga reading site had a notice to all it's readers today in place of any of their manga pages saying "We're no longer offering manga to read. The manga publishers are asking to take down the titles in a press release. We have faith that they will come up with something that can replace online mangareaders". As well as another message saying "We're not serving manga anymore due to an (indirect) request by publishers".

Recently Manga Fox formally removed all of their yuri, smut, yaoi, shota, and loli mangas in response to Google warning them that it violated their terms for advertising. Google was being pressured by organization such as UNICEF and other children's protection organizations to remove mature child-related items from the internet. This has turned into a witch hunt where all mature manga and anime are being weeded out slowly but surely.
http://forums.mangafox.com/showthread.php?t=164426 <--Manga Fox's reasons for it
http://l7world.com/2010/04/google-sponsors-child-pornography.html <--the article that caused the fiasco

This latest hit to manga hosting sites is a rough one. While it will make it harder for viewers to read scanlated manga that is already published in their respective country, it also eliminates the ability to read those stories that will never be published there for lack of popularity or smaller publishing houses.

So what do you think? Will this probable removal of manga hosting sites help or hurt the US and international manga reading community?

-BG



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It will definitely hurt the industry... I mean the scanners worked so hard on compiling those manga titles and what happens to them??? Oh dear..what will happen to the titles that are rare and hard to find?and the old ones?? What rot and be forgotten by the industry and fans?? There may be a way to satisfy both ends..
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it will definitely hurt the industry because if people cant read them online since they cant read them anywhere else then they wont be able to then really get into it and buy the actual volumes, atleast thats what i do, i read pretty face online and then bought the whole series, this move is just gonna diminish the amount of people that are interested in manga and then buys them after reading them online. RETARDED move >_<
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i'm so glad i saw your thread cuz today i had the same problem. i was so shocked when i saw the animeA notice i nearly cried. hope they stop attacking manga community.first manga fox problem now this. i dunno where can i find manga anymore.
about the industry part ... sure it will.
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i earlier received a notice from ANIMEA via facebook...well it saddens me real hard coz AnimeA is the best manga provider for me..and that i'm only planning to read a yaoi in mangafox..too bad..

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That really sucks for them but I am glad the publishers are trying to take down One manga. They make a profit from scanlations. I find this very very wrong. The point of fansub/scanlations is its for the fans for free and not for profit. As a former fansubber I find that what one manga making profits from other peoples works just wrong.
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Heh... I only buy manga after I finished reading them and liked it, for example, Fullmetal Alchemist. I read manga online since most of the them doesn't get translated fast enough legitimately or doesn't get release here at all. From the looks of this, it doesn't look like I'll be buying new manga if they keep on continuing this. I guess it's better for my wallet. I want to support the mangaka, but I really don't want to support these retarded publishers. It probably won't be long when fan-subs for anime get attack the same way.
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In my country there aren't places that you can buy mangas. So I have to import them. I have to be very picky with the manga that I buy. because I pay a twice of their respective price. I won't buy something that I don't know if I would like it.
I think that someone would come with great idea about mangas like http://openmanga.org/ . Places that you can read official mangas. I don't know how it will works but I am sure that it will bring mangas to a wider audience and the creator will gain their respective piece of the pie
Posted 6/14/10
AllI can say is good riddance it's the something for nothing mentality that's the Manga industry to quote from Brian Hanson of the hay Answer man Column over at ANN perhaps those who read scanalations will, NO LONGER ACT LIKE SPOILED, IMPETUOUS CHILDREN!
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they dont care about the fans and are out too over censor everything. next will be a lot of pay for mangareaders by the publishers themselves. who will probably water them down from the originals.
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I don't hurt them as I wouldn't buy them even if there's one I liked.
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i heard of that and there's this site called Open Manga that will allow the artists to gain money for their work
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If they would destroy the manga hosting there would be people who are unavailble to get the manga they love who will be saddened.

I myself read the serie Samurai Deeper Kyo untill there was an end to the scanlations and bought the manga instead to continue reading it. By closing down the hosting sites the publishers will just loose money.
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Are you sure that Animea isn't offering Manga anymore? It still works fine for me.
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Posted 6/14/10 , edited 6/14/10

cherryblossom016 wrote:

It will definitely hurt the industry... I mean the scanners worked so hard on compiling those manga titles and what happens to them??? Oh dear..what will happen to the titles that are rare and hard to find?and the old ones?? What rot and be forgotten by the industry and fans?? There may be a way to satisfy both ends..


The enemy is not Scan Groups, it's the hosting sites

And now that scan views go down (small or large) and sales go up, the US publishers will be able to localizes more stuff and in more countries.
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