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February 15, 2006

Three Arrested for Uploading Manga

Brigid Alverson sent me word of a story she's tracking on her MangaBlog, about an Internet cafe owner in Tokyo and two others being arrested for uploading manga without the permission of publishers. The idea was to pay the licensing fee later, and they had already started collecting money. A number of devoted manga fans worldwide make use of technically illegal downloads, which many feel are justified or at least should not be quashed as they provide an overall benefit by acting as viral marketing that eventually brings money back to the publishers and producers. In fact, the issue is argued so passionately in some circles I've probably popped a vein on someone's forehead just by writing the previous sentence in my relatively clumsy, manga-uninformed fashion. Anyway, digging around you're bound to find elements of that wider discussion.
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