– Posted on 02 Sep 2022 at 12:00
After the creation of IAPO, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan is interested in ways to fight against piracy.
It is not uncommon to see mangakas posting messages aimed at making readers aware of the phenomenon of scantrads. It is also partly to combat this phenomenon that the japanese publisher Shueisha launched its online reading platform MangaMore and continues to develop it by offering simultrad series. This is particularly the case for titles such as One Piece, chain saw man, My Hero Academia or Jujutsu Kaisento name only the best known.
At the beginning of the year, the CODA (Content Overseas Distribution Association) announced that it had joined forces with many companies in the entertainment industry to create an anti-piracy organization of manga and anime. In addition to this organization, which fights on a global level, the Japanese government has also decided to get involved.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs opens an online consultation service with the aim of combating piracy
Last year, the scantrad phenomenon was in the spotlight following the conviction of Romi Hoshi, moderator of the site manga mura. The man, 29 at the time, was allegedly responsible for uploading almost 60,000 manga, an estimated shortfall of $2.93 billion. The case, considered worst case of copyright infringementhad caused a lot of noise in Japan.
But in order to continue its fight against the piracy of works, theAgency for Cultural Affairs of Japan has decided to open an online consultation service dedicated to creators seeking to fight against piracy. Since last Tuesday, creators have therefore had the possibility, via an instant messaging system, to get in touch with experts specializing in the law of authorship and copyright.
Creators will have access to a network of 100 certified lawyers and with experience in the field of international law, whether in Asia, North America or Europe. This online consultation service also aims to strengthen the support that the Japanese government has for creators who may not have the necessary resources to fight against the piracy of their works.