Graphic Novelties

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This blog has been superseded by my Culture Shock blog.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Peer 2 Prison

Three people, including the owner of a cyber cafe, were arrested in Tokyo on Tuesday on suspicion of violating copyright laws by posting manga online. As The Japan Times reports, "The arrests, the first in Japan related to the online distribution of 'manga,' came after the 'cyberpatrol' unit of Fukuoka Prefectural Police examined the Web site dubbed in October. The three are suspected of scanning comic books and storing the data in a computer server in the same building as the Ota Ward cafe so they could be viewed on the Internet."


At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From what I understand, this isn't simply a matter of P2P-style digital piracy, but an attempt to set up an unauthorized, paysite for digital downloads of manga. Moreover, the owner of the cafe (who was behind the website) had been repeatedly warned about his activities prior to the big bust.

-Dirk Deppey


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