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Dear Manga, a Postscript

Jake Forbes writes: "Yesterday manga publishers in Japan and the US announced a coalition to combat manga piracy. Thanks to aggregation sites like onemanga, scanlations (a portmanteau of scan and translations) have become the most flagrant form of piracy on the net since people were posting whole movies on youtube. These sites have every appearance of legitimacy, require no downloads or insider knowledge, and tend to be the top google search results for anyone casually searching for info on manga series. And they aren’t just fan-created translations either – many of the series that show up on these sites are scans of licened English books. Even Return to Labyrinth appeared on one of these sites several times (removed last I checked)."

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