In a series of situations that were already seen to come with the entry of the year 2021, the Shueisha publishing house has dropped the iron fist by applying several strikes (copyright claims) to an endless number of Twitter accounts that published images about their contents . To get an idea, anime gifs, scenes, fanarts, manga panels, everything is being used as a basis for copyright claim by the publisher.
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) that has been used to carry out such a witch hunt has been programmed in a rather aggressive pattern, so even an official Shueisha artist, who works on the Dragon Ball franchise, was affected.
“My Twitter account went through a temporary lockdown. When I reviewed the situation I realized that it was due to a copyright violation. I don't know when it will happen, but it will surely be eliminated. If that happens, I will not return. Goodbye everyone, ”wrote an account.
“Well I'm not sure if you already know, but someone at Shueisha has decided to start launching copyright claims and threatened a massive number of Twitter accounts just for sharing, for example, images related to One Piece as a franchise. . They have even launched copyright claims on my profile picture. Are you serious? ”Wrote an account that published captures about his situation and the dozens of images accused of infringement. “For reference, they launched claims about manga panels, anime screenshots, and even fan-arts. If you do fan-arts of a series now you will be able to receive copyright claims ", he pointed out.
"Are you kidding? A GIF. I was blocked because Shueisha issued a copyright claim for a GIF. If they are able to do that once, then I will surely lose my account if I share a damn Dragon Ball GIF again. Be careful, "wrote one girl.
The massive amount of copyright claims has left a great incognito among fans, is it a product of the new Copyright Law that has entered into force in Japan since January 1? Some think this is self-evident, although some others remain reluctant to believe that this only applies within Japan.
This new law protects rights holders by prohibiting people from downloading pirated manga, however, this law already existed and was valid, at the time, only for music and other entertainment media. Now that it has spread to the manga, is this really an effect of the new law? According to initial reports, the law was going to allow GIFs, fan-arts, scenes and some pages that the publishers themselves publish, so this massive attack was not contemplated. Or is it some warning sign?
The CEO of Irodori Comics, On Takahashi, commented: “The new copyright law that came into force on January 1 has nothing to do with fan-arts. It is more aimed at illegal uploads. Uploading an entire chapter of a manga is illegal, but using a portion of a page for your profile picture, creating a meme, etc., that's fine. That was what was supposed to. "