piracy

Kodansha promises worldwide prosecution of illegal uploaders of Attack on Titan

Warning posted in English and Japanese comes just days before manga’s series finale.

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Evangelion creators issue multilingual warning for pirated copies, preview final film’s third act

Official videos’ beautiful, unexpected scenes promise a finale worth waiting for.

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Online manga piracy surging by users in Japan as people are stuck at home during the pandemic

Industry group gives staggering figure for cost of pirated manga in just one month.

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If you’re reading pirated manga, one artist would prefer you just not read their work at all

“We’re not drawing manga as volunteers.”

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Japan’s favorite anti-piracy ads are back with an action-packed reboot after six-year break

Yes, Japan has a favorite series of anti-piracy ads.

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Weekly Shonen Jump manga pirate given three-year suspended prison sentence in China

The long arm of Japanese publisher Shueisha’s manga law reaches all the way to Shanghai.

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Manga artist on scanlations: “I am not in a financial position to offer my work free-of-charge”

Boys’ love artist expresses frustrations in English message to fans.

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Japan’s most-wanted manga pirate forcibly repatriated, arrested as he enters Japanese airspace【Vid】

Manga Mura administrator was taken into custody in the Philippines two months ago.

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Japanese manga publishers file lawsuit in New York against four pirate sites

Claim that websites are “successors” to infamous Manga Mura manga pirating site.

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Japan’s most-wanted manga pirate arrested in the Philippines, facing deportation

Government official calls 28-year-old “a risk to public safety and security.”

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POKÉMON Detective Pikachu: Full Picture leaked online ahead of Pokémon film’s official release

Can’t resist taking a sneak peek? OK, but don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Foreign resident arrested in Japan for illegally BitTorrent uploading anime

You might have thought no one cares about the series that he got caught for, but they do, and his total damages are estimated at 1.8 billion yen.

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Japanese court orders YouTube to cooperate in shutting down “manga spoiler” videos

Tokyo court rules that reposting dialogue alone would have been enough for it to rule in manga publisher’s favor.

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Thousands of anime fans gather for public screenings of new Dragon Ball episode in Latin America

Fans in North, Central, and South America cheer on Goku in his latest fight, but rights holder Toei isn’t nearly as happy.
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Manga creators association says pirate sites could bring about a collapse of Japanese culture

Organization stresses the importance of keeping artists and publishers in the emotional loop between creators and fans.

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Five Chinese nationals arrested in Japan for translating manga, games for distribution

Allegedly translated Kimi ni Todoke & Maid Sama! crossover manga, Yu-Gi-Oh! game, more.

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Japanese government hires official pirate hunter to search Internet for illegal anime uploads

Avast, otaku, for the Japanese government is stepping up its piracy countermeasures.

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Japanese police arrest 44 in three days for alleged file-sharing

Arrests conducted with prefectural police in 29 prefectures.

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Police in Japan arrest five men connected with illegal upload of One Piece manga and translation

Pirate manga pirates promptly pinched by prefectural police.

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In Luffy we trust – Man arrested for selling dollar bills with unlicensed One Piece stickers

Every couple of months, a situation will crop up where the legal rights holder to an anime comes in and quashes some sort of unauthorized derivative work. Fans don’t always let the letter of the law stand in the way of how they express their passion for their favorite shows, though, and defenders often assert that no harm is actually being done, so long as the rights holder wasn’t already producing the same product. There’s no need to shut down an unlicensed T-shirt operation, the argument goes, if the company isn’t actively producing shirts itself.

Maybe that was going through the head of one Nagoya resident when he noticed a glaring oversight in the marketing machine behind hit anime One Piece, and decided to start selling one-dollar bills with copied stickers of the series’ band of pirates.

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