Remember last year, when FUNimation
started simulcasting One Piece
online, and someone managed to sneak in and access their file, leaking the episode early
not just to North Americans, but to people who couldn't have even seen the episode in Japan? This...might be even worse.
Do Not Cross Us
In spite of One Piece being the best-selling manga in Japan these days, that doesn't mean it's not also one of the most-pirated: there's growing concern about chapters leaking out early, and not just via filesharing, but via YouTube. I just caught wind of this via IT Media
: apparently the latest chapter of One Piece (#574, released on 2/15) was leaked to YouTube on the 11th, four days before its official release. The video of the raw that I found had over 100,000 views (though a video of chapter 490 pretending to be unreleased chapter 575 has over a million).
It seems as though someone with the proper authorization is (or are?) getting their hands on early copies of Weekly Shounen Jump and, if you can imagine it, PHOTOGRAPHING the manga to upload it to the Internet, a process that seems destructive to one's career along with being excessively tedious.
...No, seriously, think about it: the guy takes PICTURES of the manga, rather than scanning it, and then he uploads it to YouTube. Not to mention he puts his job in jeopardy doing so. A masochist maybe? I mean, what else would inspire someone who works at Shueisha
to scan illegal copies of one of the company's serious bread-and-butter titles?