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12th-Feb-2018 09:36 pm
Not much time to talk--we're up late and we need to, like, not lose too much sleep. We went to turn in some things this morning and realized that there was another part of that project that we hadn't translated, sooo that was not the best start to the morning. And we were already starting slow because sometimes that just happens. And then there was a Disneyland survey, and I always have to say yes to those because I want Disneyland to realize that I used to love them but if they're going to keep doing such shoddy work, I can't love them anymore.

There's also the matter of articles about manga piracy, which we had to post about on Facebook, because we have some Facebook friends who read pirated manga, and we're like, "Hello? You're kind of completely undermining everything I do. Could you, like...not?" It especially bugs us because some of them are the kind of people to share angry rants about how artists should get paid for their work, and we're like, "HELLO!" But I don't have time to rant about that now.

Today I'm thankful for finishing our work quota, not having to stay up too late to do it, Disneyland surveys, Page actually not staying on the laptop all day when we needed it, and having a lovely chat with Mom and Steve.
13th-Feb-2018 07:24 pm (UTC) - manga piracy
Wait, what articles about manga piracy have been going around?
13th-Feb-2018 07:50 pm (UTC) - Re: manga piracy
Just one, in Japanese. The NHK recently did a news report on it. We posted the link on Facebook and translated the quote from Tetsuya Chiba:

"I'm really happy that manga is available to read in so many ways. I'm very grateful about that, but when people read it on pirate sites, we can't make it into a tankobon (graphic novel), and the magazines (that run the manga) don't sell. When that happens, we can't do research, collect materials, etc. We have good ideas, we have good characters, and we can write good stories, but it's starting to be a reality that manga artists can't keep making manga.

I feel especially bad for the young manga artists. I want you to realize that we have these talented young people working their hardest to write something good, but when their works are read on pirate sites, it 'kills off' these young artists. I would like to ask that you don't read manga on pirate sites, in part to keep the manga culture alive and growing."

And here is the article.
13th-Feb-2018 09:25 pm (UTC) - Re: manga piracy
Yeah, can't disagree with that.

And then just as I see your thoughts on piracy, this gets posted https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-02-13/manga-creator-criticizes-publishers-attacks-on-piracy-sites/.127695 I get what he's saying, especially in regards to Japan, but people have to understand who's being hurt when you pirate. They should bear the brunt of criticism, especially when there's a legal source available and you still pirate.
14th-Feb-2018 06:09 pm (UTC) - Re: manga piracy
Oh my goodness, we saw that article, too, and it made us so mad! Of course, we went to the forums to see what people were saying, and everyone was all, "Finally someone gets it!" And it was infuriating, because they keep saying the publishers need to work to accommodate the fans' needs, but the publishers are trying to do just that!

Even the manga artist from the article doesn't get it. He says they need to remove the shrink wrap around manga at the bookstores, but we've been to bookstores in Japan, and there's usually an unwrapped sample there available to read. And Kodansha, at least, has the first chapter of almost every single thing they publish available for free online (in Japanese and English, if there's an English version). The pirates keep saying, "Well, until they do this, I'm just going to keep pirating," but they don't even bother to find out if maybe the publishers are doing just that (and these days, in many cases, they are, or at least they're trying).

...Anyway. Yes, we have strong opinions about this. Sorry for the rant. You have been spared my going on longer by the fact that we still have a lot of work to do.

(One more thing, though, to respond to what you said about who's being hurt. ANN also tends to post a lot of articles about how people working in the anime and manga industry in Japan aren't getting paid enough. Where do these people think the companies that are supposed to pay them get the money to pay them with?)
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