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Shonen Jump Asks Fans to Stop Scanning its Manga

Raw-Paradise removes all scans from their website.

In the newest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, the Weekly Shonen Jump editorial department has finally addressed the issue of scanlations by writing a heartfelt letter begging fans to stop scanning their work.  Here is a translation thanks to cmertb

To all our readers -

There are now many people unjustly posting copies of manga on the internet. These unjust copies are inconsistent with mangakas' feelings. They are also distorting the authors' intentions of "I want the work to be read this way". The actions of posting these unjust copies on the net, into which the mangakas have poured their hearts, are not only hurting mangakas in real life but are also against the law, even if done in a light-hearted manner. Every time we discover such "unjust copies", we talk to the mangaka and consider every possible countermeasure. But the number of inconsiderate people is great, and at present we cannot deal with all of them. We have a request for all our readers. The unjust internet copies are deeply hurting the manga culture, mangakas' rights, and even mangakas' souls. Please understand once again that all of that is against the law. Also, the mangakas and Shueisha will severely deal with any unjust copies found on the internet. We ask that our readers please continue to support us.

~Weekly Shonen Jump editorial department

To much surprise, this letter actually had an impact on the scanlation scene in the west. The website, Raw Paradise has already removed their website, forwarding any visitor to Shueisha’s main page. Though this was probably not done because they felt bad for what they did, but because they were frightened by Shonen Jump’s message, since raw paradise’s scans are heavily watermarked.

I also believe this message was directed toward the Japanese fans rather than our scanlation scene, since it is with these fans that they make the most money. This is a big development in the scanalation world, but not the cure some fans have been waiting for. No matter what the industry does, scanlations will always exist. Regardless, Shonen Jump did the right thing by just asking fans to help them out rather than jumping down our throats with threats and lawyers.

[Via Mangahelpers]
Kelleth moderator on April 16, 2010 at 4:55 p.m.
Fine with me i already buy the magazine anyway its just that the scanlated version is furthr a head of the storyline in the American Shonen Jump :)
Count_Alucardon April 16, 2010 at 5:01 p.m.

Oishi_47on April 16, 2010 at 5:04 p.m.
Is it just me, or does this seem like putting "Don't Eat Me" in ketchup or embroidering "Don't Shoot Me" on a Kevlar vest? 
pathogenon April 16, 2010 at 5:11 p.m.
I really wish these people would get a clue and do some kind of simultaneous release stuff. I know they were talking about the Japanese markets. It just pains me to see abysmal sales figures for manga in America and realize that it's because their paradigm doesn't evolve. That it can't compare to the release rate of piracy. We lack a decent distribution model. And a lot of it starts in Nippon because of them having preasure deals that don't pan out so they just end up being only available through the scan or dub scene until someone picks them up a year later and proceeds to milk the community by charging absorbent rates for things.  
Nerd Rage.

Fabeon April 16, 2010 at 5:13 p.m.
@oishi_47 said:

" Is it just me, or does this seem like putting "Don't Eat Me" in ketchup

No ,it's not, they are not asking people to not consume or in this case read their product they are asking people not to take their product and give away   free copies to others instead of buying it. a Perfectly reasonable request.
paplooon April 16, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
Maybe it's a foreshadowing to epic legal action? Scanlations might not  exist anymore if enough people get put in prison (which can happen in Japan) or sued in civial court for scanning it.
Also Gia, your comments make me think of cockroaches 0_o Which is about how I feel about scanlations.
Think about cartoonists rights before your own selfish impatience folks! 
It's good for you, even if you don't like it.
darkcyderon April 16, 2010 at 5:17 p.m.
Maybe, if they sped up Jump releases state-side so that we were current with them I wouldn't care. But there's no other way for us to be current. And to anyone who suggests it:F*CK patience.
sunfloweron April 16, 2010 at 5:29 p.m.
I think it's addressed to Japanese fans as well, or they'd have put an English translation with it.  At least, that's what Libre does in their magazines or on their site when it wants to address fans outside of Japan.
Konandaon April 16, 2010 at 5:31 p.m.

INB4 FoxxFire posting another rant that is tangentially related to the newstory.

Magnificenton April 16, 2010 at 5:57 p.m.
This won't stop popular WSJ scans. Raw Paradise shutting down might hurt smaller unlicensed scanlations. Lame.
Count_Zeroon April 16, 2010 at 6:05 p.m.
I'm quite fine with this. Just about everything in Shonen Jump gets licensed anyway, both in terms of manga and series based on the manga, so, frankly, the Scantilators (if you go by the Fansubbers Code Of Conduct) really shouldn't be scantilating stuff from Shonen Jump, unless, basically, you're doing a back series which haven't been licensed* (and probably won't be licensed), or has had the license lapse (and the translation was either poor or the release was incomplete).
*Since, unlike older anime series, most older manga don't get re-licensed unless they're by Osamu Tezuka. Black Jack & Astro Boy? Sure. Fist of the North Star? Not bloody likely. This also means that despite all of my efforts to build up some positive buzz around Outlanders and Cosmo Police Justy by reviewing the old Dark Horse and Viz (respectively) releases of the manga on Bureau42, they're probably not going to get re-licensed.
EDIT - Note: For the record, if someone re-licensed and put out all of Justy, or Outlanders, or Area 88, I'd get it.
Oishi_47on April 16, 2010 at 7:14 p.m.
@Fabe: That wasn't my point. My point was that if a scanlator is reading this, they're probably not going to heed it because they are most likely in the process of scanlating just as if you are lifting a burger up to your face you are about to consume it or if you have someone in your cross hairs you're probably going to squeegee the trigger. It's just asking at a late stage on the affected medium no less. In my defense, you did only address the first couple of words in a "quote."  In context of everything I said, your argument doesn't make sense.
mr_mondayon April 16, 2010 at 11:35 p.m.
If Shonen Jump is against piracy, why do they release One Piece?
Ok, seriously. 
The japanese manga industry is making the same mistake as the (worldwide) music industry did a few years ago.
You just cant curse the internet for stealing away your work, you have to create a platform where fans from around the world can buy your product.
I would pay a small fee to dowload a translated chapter shortly after it has been released in Japan, but the manga industry does not offer this service. This means there are potential customers, but no seller. 
The music industry made the same mistake by first cursing the internet for giving away their songs for free, but then decided to use the internet to sell their songs. Of course a lot of songs still get downloaded illegaly nowadays (just as there would still be illegal scanslations if you could buy chapters online), but at least the music industry can profit from the internet and gave the consumers the chance to stop doing illegal things and still use the internet.
wwfunderakeron April 17, 2010 at 12:47 a.m.
They are trying their best to do something. 
Oishi_47on April 17, 2010 at 2:10 a.m.
@mr_monday: The anti-piracy message being in Japanese, I presume that it is targeted at the Japanese scanlators, so the availability isn't really the problem.
Zeouterlimitson April 17, 2010 at 3:24 a.m.
Good on Shonen, kick some illegal @$$ !
Soranthemanon April 17, 2010 at 4:14 a.m.

"Shonen Jump did the right thing by just asking fans to help them out rather than jumping down our throats with threats and lawyers." 
I agree.

Kuma_From_Argentinaon April 17, 2010 at 4:19 a.m.
suicide is an option
KiraIsLon April 17, 2010 at 4:37 a.m.
@mr_monday: This would be nice but do they have the money and audience to do this?
I live in England and cannot get SJ in any form, the only way I have been reading manga is through the books that they release slowly. I admit at times it has been tempting to just not bother buying them and reading them online, but just because you hate the system doesn't mean you can ignore it. I will continue to to buy the manga I can get and pray that something is done to help me get manga easier which also is fair for the mangaka.
And it is nice that it just seems to be a nice please stop stealing from us. Though the internet can never be stopped.
Karkarovon April 17, 2010 at 9:41 a.m.
Yes their business model needs to get with the program and adopt a approach more similar to simulcasts on streaming sites I definitely agree with that.  Here is the thing though.  Switching to that type of release will still take a real investment in money.  New employees will need to be hired to do the translations, maintain the new websites needed, new websites in and of themselves cost money, blah blah blah you get the idea.  Then comes the hard part, whats a reasonable price per chapter?  Should we even release chapter by chapter or do it in the form of buying one whole magazine like it is now?  What will happen to our advertisers and how will it effect those rates? Will enough people even adopt this model instead of still going with an illegal scanlation?
This is a step in the right direction regardless and they made this request in a much more respectable way that they could have.  Also if you really want this kind of model adopted i suggest you start supporting things like the vampire hunter D release on the PSP because if experiments like that fail you can bet they wont be encouraged to try other ways of adapting.

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