UPDATE: The operation would have finally been set up by a stalker who would have pretended to be Shueisha in order to harm a streamer. We will come back to this story in a future article.
Something strange has been happening on Twitter since January 8: many users of the social network have had their accounts blocked after receiving notifications of copyright infringement from Shueisha , the parent company of the magazines Jump to Japan.
Several different titles would thus be targeted by the Shueisha, with Dragon Ball leading the way.
It is with surprise and amazement that several Twitter accounts have had their access to the site limited after the simple publication of content featuring the characters of Dragon Ball – even touching the simple publication of an animated gif as @BlackScapeRose testifies, screenshots in support. The height of the absurd – the illustrator Fenyo responsible for many promotional artworks (such as the Dragon Ball Dokkan Battle and Dragon Ball Legends cards) of the franchise was also touched by this round of attacks … an avatar bearing the image of a character from One Piece were also concerned by these bursts of strikes .
It would thus be difficult to explain what would have resulted in this renewed zeal on the part of the Shueisha.
Copyright law Super Saiyan style
One avenue should be studied on the side of the latest developments in copyright control legislation intended to address the problem of manga piracy, which has become stricter since January 1, 2021.
While the thousandth chapter of One Piece has just been released in Japan and several upcoming chapters of Dragon Ball Super have reportedly leaked onto the web, the Shueisha may have bolstered its arsenal of war to deal with this illegal sharing of content.
But this law, targeting mainly manga, academic texts and illegal download sites, should not a priori concern the use of gifs or amateur illustrations based on published works falling within the framework of American “fair use”, although distinct from copyright infringement.
Is this a failure from the bot responsible for detecting and attacking copyright infringements through Twitter or a new permanent policy from Shueisha? No declaration from the publishing house or its international distributors has been given for the moment. Case to be continued.
My twitter account was locked once
I went back because I checked the copyright policy
I don't know when it will be erased.
If it is erased, it will not be revived.
Bye bye minna… 🥲
– ふ ぇ に ょ ん (@fenyo_n) January 8, 2021