Comics piracy rears its ugly head

Publishers Weekly is reporting:

An international coalition of Japanese and American-based manga publishers have joined together to combat what they call the “rampant and growing problem” of scanlations, the practice of posting scanned and translated editions of Japanese comics online without permission of the copyright holders. The group is threatening legal action against 30 scanlation sites.

By all means, shut down the sites that are providing a product people want. It's not like there's a better solution. Selling the titles people want to buy is out of the question, isn't it. Nor could you work out a business deal with the pirate sites. It's not like you want to make money; no, you're in publishing because you love books.

This is Napster all over again.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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