There is an article on Sakura doujin that is both interesting and not surprising. The link to the full article is posted below if you want to take a read. Here is the short version of what is in the article. The Japanese government is going to be conducting an all out war on piracy in the anime and manga industry. They started their first attack by putting out a list of the the websites that they will be warning to stop or face a lawsuit. When you look at the list you may see a few sites that you will recognize as ones that should be shut down due to their shady practices. there are also a few on there that should not be on their due to the fact that they do nothing but help to promote the anime industry around the world.
This article is interesting due to the fact that a major export of Japan is their culture both traditional and pop. Japanese food restaurants are popping up everywhere as well as other aspects of Japanese culture. Anime and manga are making a comeback and Japanese Music has even has been so welcomed that lady gaga even had Hatsune miku headline for her. For some other examples of how Anime and manga are on the rise look to Crunchyroll and Seven Seas Entertainment. These two organizations are not only doing well but are even expanding their offerings. The Anime and Manga sharing sites that the Japanese government is going after offer one thing that the government seems to be forgetting FREE ADVERTISING! While as fans we should always buy the products and services we can to support the organizations that both produce and bring us the content that we love until the market has enough organizations in it bringing the public all the content these sites will be necessary to help promote the content and show the world the greatness of what anime and manga has to offer.
So why is the Japanese government going after so many sites? Well that is why this article is not surprising. No one likes to have their content taken and used without their consent and it is normally up to the Industry to go after people or organizations that are taking content made by the creators and promoting it as their own. The government is stepping in to help the industry put a stop to these sharing sites. Oh and another interesting thing about many of these sites is that the people that post the content many times do not take credit for the works only for the translating or subtitling that they did. Instead of going after many of these sites the Japanese government should be coming up with ways to make them complaint with the laws and help them to have easier access to the content that they are bringing to the world. Many of these sites are run by people who are just fans that want to help share the greatness of the content with the world. Is there really anything that bad about it? Comment below with your opinion. Ok Enough of a rant for today.
Link to article on sakura-doujin