Some things said by Ken Akamatsu, Minako Uchida, Kazumi Tojo about manga piracy on February 22 and 23.
Manga Artists and Mr. Ken Akamatsu: “Hasn’t Illegally Scanned Manga Fallen To ‘Property of the Internet’?” (Togetter)
KenAkamatsu Am I too late? I get the feeling that [my project to release free manga PDFs] won’t be enough at this point. RT 7039 people “liked” this with their real names… RT To nobody’s surprise, Facebook is permitting the [illegal] manga reading app: http://ow.ly/40mvf
petitmango @KenAkamatsu I can’t believe that many people have no respect for the law! This is really quite terrible, but I’m glad to assist your project at every step.
KenAkamatsu I feel like people are less aware these days of this type of crime. Including Apple and Baidu (w).
KenAkamatsu Hasn’t illegally scanned manga, propagated so casually like this, fallen into the category of “property of the Internet”? You won’t be able to eliminate it. The only thing we can do at this point is [launch our own free websites with the] “advertising model”. (Because charging people would be difficult.)
KenAkamatsu The most recent illegal scans are very high quality, and the translations are exceedingly accurate. (^^;) If there’s no respect for original authors on the net, then obviously the official versions will lose out.
honey__milk One of the causes is surely the cheap and efficient commercial scanners on the market.
jubeifang @KenAkamatsu This is completely true. Furthermore, some readers, believing the illegal scanslations to be the “original version”, demanded that an official translator correct his translation to match the pirate version. It’s seriously bad.
KenAkamatsu @jubeifang Seriously?
jubeifang This actually happened. According to my colleague, some readers were reading a pirated version of a certain Jump manga online. Specifically, when a new character was introduced, the scanslators decided the character’s name reading first. Afterwards, when the official translator translated the name…
jubeifang …these readers e-mailed the company, demanding, “Change the new character’s name to the version used in the pirate edition!” A bizarre story, but true.
KenAkamatsu @jubeifang Oh dear. (^^;)
_unkonwn_ I think there are a lot of people who just think as long as they can read it, it’s okay. Those people probably don’t care how the manga gets to them or even about quality, as long as there’s a lot of it released quickly. Even with high image quality, I’m concerned they won’t want to read the official version if they find the ads annoying.
KenAkamatsu @_unkonwn_ This is indeed an issue.
KenAkamatsu Also, although the “cell phone ero (and BL) manga” industry has been booming, with the decline of J-phones I’m afraid it won’t last another one or two years. Ero manga can’t be sold on iPhones or Kindles, but does Android allow it? Let me know.
beepcap @KenAkamatsu Android allows it, albeit unofficially.
syouda @KenAkamatsu It seems that the cell phone ero manga world is starting to switch to Android.
Grievances of the Manga Artists (Togetter)
kazumi_tojyo One of my friends said this– I can read it on the Web for free, so why should I pay? FYI, he’s a perfectly decent person. But he has the money to pay. His job is paid out of my tax dollars [government employees in Japan are well-paid, and are held with very high expectations of lawfulness]. His lifestyle is as close to mine as possible. It’s a very depressing thing.
tanpuck @kazumi_tojyo In Japan there are plenty of unattended sales booths [vegetable stalls and the like], but nearly everyone pays like they ought to. A citizen who takes things from an unattended sales booth is the object of “shame”. Isn’t downloading things online the same thing? Rather than emphasizing the crime of piracy, I feel like we should make people aware and make them feel shame for their actions.
kazumi_tojyo @tanpuck You can say stuff like that, or you can point out that this is our livelihood... and I feel like the reaction would be “so what?”. That fucker who buys his hamburgers with my tax money… I’m losing it here. I’d love to see what would happen if I notified his chain of command… but enough. [Fun fact: the Japanese 上部機関 "chain of command/overseeing institution" doesn't seem to have an exact English equivalent]
kazumi_tojyo It seems like people will pay for things they can touch like vegetables, but they think it’s a waste to pay for intangible data. They’ll only scrounge up a few dozen or hundred yen. They’ll pay however many thousands of yen for a TV, not realizing that the stuff you see on TV [also costs money to make and] can disappear!
zerra01 @kazumi_tojyo @tanpuck I feel like my sense of shame is disappearing as well. Or rather, the shameful things I’m doing are completely different from what they were in the past.
tanpuck @kazumi_tojyo What you’ve got to realize is that person is not just giving you his private opinion, but you’d have to manufacture an emotion about something that’s been common knowledge for some time. The emotion you call shame, right? That’s not a prevalent emotion in Japan.
kazumi_tojyo @tanpuck You’re right. People think, “I’m only using [the site]. What’s the problem?”, but … (´д｀；)
masyuuki I think the rotten belief that “the best guys will naturally survive” has become pervasive.
zerra01 Agreed. Essentially, you could say that people take pleasure in instant gratification without noticing that their repeated plunder is rendering the soil barren…
kazumi_tojyo You’re right. So, people who would never think of shoplifting a book are okay with it, because it’s data. Depressing stuff.
tanpuck Someone with a lot of charisma, like a manga star, could probably change the atmosphere, but there’s not really anyone like that right now… (^^;) There’s nobody who will seriously take on the Net like the mainstream media did in the Napster era.
zerra01 I feel the same way. I feel like that sometimes, but there’s nobody out there, huh. The MSM views the Net as a rival, but they’re making use of it all the time. And, good reputations get overturned in a single night. Even politicians no longer have serious reputations but get by on saying clever things. I think that we’re entering an era of insurmountable turbulence.
kazumi_tojyo I wish I could take it easy without getting all angry and depressed like this…