Thank you to the individual who joined Poupee Girl from the dress-up image on my LJ. I got 10 ribbons as a reward thanks to you. I hope you find PG as big a time-waster as I do. You've actually joined at a good time, because there are some adorable goth lolita and candy decora dresses for sale. Better start saving those ribbons now!
Revelations that a comic by Nick Simmons traced art from Bleach, Hellsing and other manga
has morphed into a finger-pointing exercise at fans who read/release scanlations
thanks to Deb Aoki@aboutcom. She does also take aim at fanartists, but her insensitivity to the deception involved in copying without attribution is too cringeworthy to discuss further. I can only guess she's never been involved in fandom, and its slew of derivative fanworks. Simon@IcarusComics has a nice explanation of the difference between fanart and passing off someone's art as your own
for those who are ignorant.
Scanlations are a hot button topic for licensors. They can't look the other way any longer, not when online viewing sites like Mangafox makes scanlations so easily accessible. So they are resorting to a blog/twitter campaign to educate and persuade - and occasionally denigrate. (They can't be bothered with LJ, since that's where all the leechers are.) They want to change the mindset of those who download but have the means to pay. But conflating the issues of plagiarism and copyright infringement? It's a surefire way to put fans offside.
Other posts about the same topic:
- Manga Bookshelf Confessions of a former scan junkie
: saw the error of her ways when she began interacting with publishers and getting complimentary copies for review.
- Comics 212 Oh, Nick Simmons
: argues copyright infringement is more financially damaging than art tracing.
- Manga Worth Reading Plagiarism, Scanlation and Copies
: nice post about guilt not being a good motivator for a consumer.
- Manga Widget Fast Track Misconceptions
: Argues that licensors should not compete with scanlation 'pirates' but focus on the needs of their paying customers.
- Dave Merrill Neglected
: another post explaining the difference between copyright infringement and artistic plagiarism.
- Anime Diet Great Artists Steal
: explores where derivative art (theft) strays into the murky area of copying.