Kodansha sent out a C&D to MangaHelpers, a translation/scanlation site, and they took down all their Kodansha stuff? It seems like the site has found an...interesting method to try and preempt similar future C&Ds. It went and contacted VIZ Media directly in a letter (found via MangaBlog).
While I'm a bit iffy on MangaHelpers' statements on being a legal "grey area," they make the very valid point: it may indeed behoove VIZ, which has been trying to find a foothold in the online manga world, to work with an already-established and popular online manga site. I'm sure the thinking at MH is "well, it worked for Crunchyroll."
Unfortunately, I'm not sure VIZ is the best choice for this aim (though I have no idea if the site also reached out to other companies). VIZ already has a program that they're developing, with VIZ Ikki and Takahashi's Rin-ne simul-release. VIZ also seems less inclined to go the extra mile with fan sites in comparison to other companies in anime, although that may be less true with manga. Assuming Del Rey, with their Kodansha titles, was out of the question, I'm wondering if innovative Yen Press or Media Blasters might not be better targets-- especially Media Blasters, whose online presence is practically nil in comparison to others (plus they do adult manga, too!).
Anyway, that's my speculation on the matter. It would certainly be interesting if VIZ actually went with it, although I wonder how many people would hold grudges against MangaHelpers for having hosted scanlations in the same way that some hold grudges against Crunchyroll?
What do you think?