Otaku USA Magazine
Tokyo Court Rules Copying Text from Manga Chapters Is Copyright Infringement

Publisher Shogakukan became aware of someone posting dialogue from their manga on a “spoiler website.” Allegedly this person posted almost all the text from sixty-three manga chapters of Kengan Omega by Yabako Sandrovich without permission. Shogakukan took this to court, wanting to figure out who the individual was.

The Tokyo District Court agreed with Shogakukan that this level of copying and pasting someone else’s work definitely fell into the category of copyright infringement. The court also ordered that the website tell Shogakukan who has been illegally uploading their stuff.

As manga piracy continues to increase, publishers are looking at more ways to protect authors’ rights.

Source: Anime News Network


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.