Is There A Difference Between Piracy And Promotion?

from the it-all-depends... dept

Nearly two years ago, we wrote about a piece by Larry Lessig looking at how the comic industry in Japan was thriving based on copycat comics that would normally be seen as infringing works in the US, forcing entertainment industry lawyers to shut down these fan-created efforts. In something of a followup to that piece, Henry Jenkins has written about how so-called "piracy" has been a huge help in making Japanese anime popular and commercially viable in the US. Clearly, the easy distribution of digital content has different effects -- some of which are beneficial and some of which are harmful -- for the creators of that content. By assuming that only one of these effects exist, companies that are cracking down on "piracy" without realizing they may be hurting free promotional activity are doing damage to their own business.

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    Loraan, 11 Aug 2004 @ 8:21am

    Re: Two key points

    Regarding point 2: more likely that fourteen-year-old anime geeks will continue to suck up the lookalike anime just as fast as they sucked up Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh cards. These are the same kids who watch Trigun and Slayers and Reign and any other anime they can get their hands on, and I reckon they're a large part of the anime market in the U.S.

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