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11:00 PM on 02.08.2011

Teen arrested for distributing manga scans online

Sometimes you really have to wonder what goes through people's heads. On Saturday, an 18-year-old male student located in Katagami City in Akita Prefecture was arrested for distributing manga scans online. Now norma...

Crystal White


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8:00 AM on 12.08.2010

DMP's Digital Manga Guild reveals first Japanese partners

I don't care much for it, but digital manga has become pretty big in the otaku community. It's a shame, then, that the majority of that business comes from scanlations, which are, uh, not exactly legal. Still, I like the pass...

Bob Muir



Kindle is not a manga lover's best friend photo
Kindle is not a manga lover's best friend
by Lauren Rae Orsini

Remember earlier this month when Pedro wrote about Mangle?

As the only Japanator editor with a Kindle, I've finally decided to test the program out. My verdict? Kindle can learn a thing or two from Mangle -- it's more convenient to read illegal manga than the stuff you pay for.

For this experiment, I bought some legitimate manga for Kindle and downloaded some scanlations for Mangle. Check out how it went after the jump.

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This is war: US, Japanese pubs combine to fight scans photo
This is war: US, Japanese pubs combine to fight scans
by Josh Tolentino

If it wasn't on this whole time, you can be sure that it's on now, oh yes you can.

What's on, you ask? The war against scanlation, that's what. Pretty much every major manga publisher on both sides of the Pacific have joined forces to form a "multi-national manga anti-piracy coalition" to combat the "rampant and growing problem of internet piracy plaguing the manga industry". Obviously, they're talking about scanlations, particularly the "aggregator" sites that gather scans together in one place to earn ad revenue and charge membership fees and whatnot.

The membership roster is impressive indeed, including the thirty-six members of the Japan Digital Comic Association, Square Enix, VIZ Media, TokyoPOP, the Tuttle-Mori Agency, Yen Press, and Vertical, inc.

Said a spokesperson:

“It is unfortunate that this action has become necessary,” said a spokesperson for the group. “However, to protect the intellectual property rights of our creators and the overall health of our industry, we are left with no other alternative but to take aggressive action. It is our sincere hope that offending sites will take it upon themselves to immediately cease their activities. Where this is not the case, however, we will seek injunctive relief and statutory damages. We will also report offending sites to federal authorities, including the anti-piracy units of the Justice Department, local law enforcement agencies and FBI.” 

And that's that. It's on.

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5:00 PM on 09.24.2009

Protip: Don't offer to partner with a manga publisher when hosting illegal scans of their IPs

This doesn't so much fall into the category of "news" as it is an example of extreme fail. As a scanlation site -- not a group, but rather a major site that distributes all of these titles -- you do not want to attr...

Brad Rice

12:14 PM on 08.20.2008

Shameless self-promotion time: Gakuen Heaven

I'd suggest you all go and check out the latest release of Gakuen Heaven from Fusion Scans. No, not that Gakuen Heaven. This Gakuen Heaven. The series is incredibly ecchi, and should be saved for those of an appropriate age t...

Brad Rice

10:13 PM on 10.26.2007

MangaNovel tries to tempt scanlators with an iPod touch

Remember how I mentioned that MangaNovel was launching, and trying to get people to read manga with their service, as well as provide scanlators with a way to make money? Well, right now they're running a promotional cont...

Brad Rice

10:54 PM on 10.04.2007

Toshiba and Manganovel to legitimize scanlations?

For those of you who enjoy spending your time making scanlations of all those series that will never get released over here (like No Bra and My Balls), now you can get paid for your work instead of asking for donations. Toshi...

Brad Rice

6:31 PM on 01.31.2007

Scanlation spotlight: No Bra

No Bra is an interesting little manga currently being scanlated by Dynasty Scans that I thought I'd mention to you all. The story is about two childhood friends, Yuki and Masato, who are living together in an apartment in T...

Brad Rice