Via MangaBlog comes news of a potential licensing scandal.
MangaCast has the details. In short, Japanese publisher Libre (which puts out BL, or boys’ love, manga) is claiming that the books of theirs translated and published by Central Park Media’s Be Beautiful line are unauthorized and thus illegal. They’re calling for a boycott.
Speculation ensues that CPM licensed the titles from previous publisher Biblos but didn’t renegotiate when that company went under, or maybe Libre’s trying to pressure CPM for better deals. For a Japanese company to put out that notice in English, though, suggests things are pretty serious.
Dirk Deppey sent a request for comment to CPM and got back the terse “We do not comment publicly on licensor issues.” Not a good way to quell speculation, that.
Simon at Icarus Publishing has a good roundup based on questions not yet answered — shame his site isn’t safe for work due to background images.