This is only news because of the hoo-hah earlier this summer over publishers trying to shut down scanlation sites — which caused the best-known free online manga site, OneManga, to stop posting manga chapters.
Brigid Alverson reports that MangaFox is still posting current chapters of such well-known manga series as Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece. I’m not sure why this is surprising — these sites are set up on the principle of not respecting copyright or country licensing restrictions. If they said, previously, “oh, we’ll do the right thing, sure, we’ll clean up our act” … well, how believable is that? No one has any other reason to visit that website and those like them. When it comes to a change of heart over intellectual property or losing the business, money is what talks. And as long as the demand continues, there’s plenty of audience for them.Similar Posts: Legal Doesn’t Matter: More on Scanlation Sites § Dogs and Blogs § Publishers Threaten Manga Scanlation Sites § Z-Cult FM Shuts Down § Does Manga Have a Digital Future?