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thwart online piracy of the country's anime and manga, as overseas sites hosting such media content remain hard to crack down on.

Always as with tourism and immigration etc the pivot to the threat of unruly foreigners to divert attention from the institutional culprits.

While the true thieves of the livelihoods of mangaka are the publishing and media corps themselves.


It is truly egregious and criminal and an onerous burden to up and coming mangaka.

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Good luck, you obviously don't know how the internet works. Instead, might I suggest you just be happy at the increased exposure of Japanese culture around the world, often in places where there is no way to buy the media you are saying is being 'stolen'. Oh, and please prove that those pirated copies lost legitimate sales. And no spouting nonsense about how one pirated copy means one lost sale.

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There are plenty of things the international community want Japan to either stop doing or take action to do.

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tora has a point. When live-action and movies were free and I came across one I really liked, I bought a DVD so that I could watch it anytime. Just as I found songs on YouTube that I liked (alas, YouTube is no longer user friendly unless you have $200 a year to give them) I quite frequently (quite a darn lot) I went out and got the CD. Here in the US Japanese films and music were simply unavailable. Now, I don't mind paying for them but sites cost usually quite a lot of money and the stuff I want to watch is often not on such sites.

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It is natural to assert copyright, but the working conditions and wages of manga artists and assistants are a different matter. In developed countries, it is a common right, and only a select few people object to it.

If you are in an environment where you can only see pirated versions, there is no need to see them.

If you are in America, you can either wait for the English version to be published in America, or find the Japanese version to read yourself.

There's no point in poor people making a fuss because they can no longer see it for free.

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Good news..

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Agent_Neo: It's all about access and discovery. I knew nothing about Japanese live actions and movies on the web till I stumbled across them. I could watch a movie or show and find actors or series I liked. When I could find DVDs in my zone I bought them, knowing I would like to see them again or giving them to people I knew, as presents, when I knew I liked them. I must have 40 DVDs that I bought and would have that many more if my zone was available. I'm happy to buy them. I want to buy them. Some of the sites that were free had better platforms than the ones I have to pay for, many of which don't offer the shows after a while. As with YouTube (when it was free -- they want $200 dollars a year now) I would hear a song and them buy the CD (this happened quite a lot.) Japan DVDs aren't in stores in the US and and many on the web don't have my zone, I doubt that Japan is losing a lot of money since they don't sell the shows here.

A lot of people, having seen the show, might not buy the DVD, but many of us would.

Discovering a lot about Japanese culture drove me into wanting to see the shows. The pay sites I've ventured into often have hard to manage platforms and fewer choices. I would like to use them but the money I have to pay isn't worth it. I have hundreds of CDs that YouTube sent me out to buy and it was the same with Japanese movies.

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Can Japan do what the Music industry, Hollywood, and Games can't for decades ? (I doubt it very much).

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If they would make subtitled anime and translated manga widely and quickly available globally, that alone would go a long way to reduce international piracy. The same goes for live-action movies and series.

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They need to do what the music industry did, and even the Japan side was silly enough to fight against this change for years because it’s short sighted to only the 10 minutes in front of them.

MAKE ACCESS TO THESE THINGS MORE SIMPLE THAN PIRACY. That’s how the music and movie industry got a handle on things or more so. Japanese publishers and animation studios still refuse to release translated materials efficiently in most cases. Literally every hour they wait after a new thing drops is a translation group getting revenue. Things got better for major releases but some still have days/week lag time and it only takes a dedicated translation and piracy group an hour or two to drop it on their end.

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