Japanese Government To Ask Internet Providers To Block Unauthorized Manga Sites

By Eknoorpreet Singh | April 6, 2018

Manga | Piracy

According to the latest reports, the Japanese Government plans to request Internet providers based in Japan to permanently block unauthorized manga sites. These include sites that upload manga, magazines etc. and make them available for viewing without permission of the respective copyright holders. The government will also reportedly hold an anti-crime cabinet meeting; an official announcement is expected to be released within the month.

The reports further stated that the government plans to name three pirate websites, two of which are operated from China and other countries. Despite regulations and investigation by authorities, the sites are still accessible from Japan. However, the move may prove to be unconstitutional as it violates privacy of communication and functioning as censorship.

"Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed. No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated." - Article 21 of The Constitution of Japan

The three pirated sites in context have increased activity and become more well known since last August. Sales of digital comics in Japan, which saw a steady rise in 2012, ultimately dropped since the emergence of these sites.

According to Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), between September 2017 and February, piracy has inflicted an estimated amount of more than 400 billion yen (about US$3.72 billion) worth of damage to copyright holders in Japan.

Yoshihide Suga, Chief Cabinet Secretary, announced at a press conference on March 19 that the government is considering all possible ways to combat manga pirate sites, including site blocking.

Source : AnimeNewsNetwork