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One Piece, Overlord Publishers Sue Major Manga Piracy Site

Several manga publishers have joined together to sue a massive pirating site for illegally distributing popular series, including One Piece and Overlord.

Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa are suing Mangamura, a site that pirated several of their most popular titles, according to Otaku Magazine. The suit is for 1.9 billion yen — about $14.2 million USD — a price that covers the estimated damages of seventeen pirated manga series. This number might still be a conservative estimate of the damages the publishers actually sustained, however, given that the seventeen titles listed in the lawsuit are far from the only titles pirated by Mangamura. Mangamura has been shut down, but the suit is a way for publishers to recoup a fraction of the damages caused by Mangamura and sites like it. This is not the first time Mangamura has landed in deep water for pirating manga. Its administrator, Romi Hoshino, was found guilty of copyright infringement. Hoshino was sentenced to three years in prison. In addition, Hoshino was sentenced to pay two fines adding up to a combined total of 72 million yen — over $650,000 in US dollars.

Mangamura is responsible for pirating several incredibly influential titles. One Piece, in particular, is one of the longest-running and most popular manga series ever created. With over 1,000 chapters released, One Piece has been releasing new content for the past two and a half decades, and Luffy and his crew’s story is just about to enter its final arc. It’s also the best-selling manga series of all time. As popular and prolific as One Piece is, the damages caused by pirating the series are undoubtedly immense, contributing to the hefty sum listed in the lawsuit against Mangamura.

The complete list of titles included in the lawsuit is as follows: Dorohedoro, Erased, Golden Rough, Hinamatsuri, Kanji wa Use o Ai Shisugiteru, Karakul Circus, Kengan Ashura, Kingdom, Mushoku Tensei, One Piece, Overlord, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Sgt. Frog, Tasogare Ryūseigun, Trinity Seven, Wise Man’s Grandchild and YAWARA!.

Pirating manga harms more than just large publishing companies. It can impact the livelihood of manga artists and the industry as a whole. In a statement released after Hoshino’s trial, Shueisha declared, “If the works that those who have given their all to create are given away for free, it damages the foundation for the creation of interesting works.” There are plenty of ways for fans to access manga easily and legally. Sites like Viz Media and Shueisha’s Manga Plus make popular manga series available for fans worldwide.

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