Japanese Manga Publishers Push New Copyright Laws

Via The Japan News: Japanese publishers are pushing for a new law that will give them the right to go after scanlation and torrent sites that distribute manga illegally, on behalf of the manga artists and series creators under contract with them.

Japanese Manga Publishers Push New Copyright Laws
This push comes after a drastic decline in sales for manga both at home and abroad. According to The Japan News, “sales of Japanese comic books in North America dropped by ¥150 billion to ¥300 billion over five years from 2007 to 2011 due to these illegal releases, according to estimates by the Japan Book Publishers Association”.

The more stringent copyright laws the publishers are after call for a jail term of up to 10 years for anyone caught scanning and distributing manga illegally online. Even if the scans originate from overseas servers, the publisher can still file a lawsuit on foreign soil and/or demand prosecution by overseas authorities.

Japanese publishers have been fighting against online piracy for years, starting in 2010 when they announced a very public war against scanlation circles.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Hmm..we can only hope that Japan will do choice number two..and with that we can see manga stores here in the country. Though books don’t sell as much as 100 yen stuff and clothes do over here though T_T

    I don’t know why won’t they do that instead of having it license in the west which is more costly? In Hong Kong’s animate they basically have every title in the local language while we, foreigner, have to rely on what the west published which probably “sells” over there…to which it seems doesn’t since their not manga’s main audience.


  2. Anj says:

    nice site! would you know where i can buy manga here in japanese? i am learning japanese and i think books will be a good help 🙂 thanks!


    1. We usually purchase our books from Amazon Japan, however you can also order weekly at Yamazaki Supermaket in Little Tokyo, Makati 🙂


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