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Group Links Removed in mangaupdates

So the day is finally here….

Notice in mangaupdates:

Group Links Removed
As some eagle-eyed users have noticed, all website and forum links for all scanlation groups have disappeared. In addition to this, none of the IRC links are clickable anymore; they remain as plain text. We regret to inform all of you that we have received a DMCA takedown notice. Of course, we wish to keep MangaUpdates running, so we had to resort to these measures. The representative of the group that submitted the DMCA has so far said these actions are enough.

Despite these changes, our release and group submission policies remain the same. Releases must be from scanlation groups that exist according to MangaUpdates, meaning they must have a group entry. In order to have a group entry, the group still needs to submit one or more of the following: website, forum, Twitter, Facebook, and IRC channel. The website and forum will not be displayed anywhere on MangaUpdates though. These pieces of information will be for our own purposes in order to verify the existence of a release. We continue to strive to display accurate information for all series, groups, and releases, so we will check the validity of every submitted release. If you feel a release is fake, you can submit a Change Request, and we will double check your claim.

Thank you for continuing to use MangaUpdates.

– lambchopsil & Manick

I guess it was a matter of time for this to happen. Most of the traffic to this site comes from mangaupdates, and I’m pretty sure it’s the same for all the other small groups, so this will be a big hit for scanlators, which I’m pretty sure are the real target of that DCMA notice. I wonder how this “little” change is gonna affect the traffic we get or the exposure for our releases. Most of the trafic will move to batoto and other manga reader sites, that’s for sure. Well, it’s not like we need the extra traffic, we don’t even have ads in the site, but it’s gonna feel kinda lonely with no one visiting us. At least they still keep the twitter and facebook links, so you can get every notice from us in those social networks, but it’s gonna be a pain in the neck to get the website address for small groups with no twitter nor facebok page. Well, things are going to be interesting in this new round against scanlations…

12 comments

  1. Meh, that’s annoying, but not much of a problem. Google will still guide me tho all the groups I might need in the future, so no reason to resort to reader sites. Get lost, DMCA.

  2. Same as above. Besides, I’ve had animexis bookmarked since your first chapter of Teppu.

  3. Well, that was a low blow… I hope Batoto can remain the same, is not worth trying when you can’t even get a “Thanks!” in your website after so much work… Anyway, one down… But we’re many !

  4. Haaaa……..what a pain. It was really more of a convenience to have the clickable links there than anything….but it was still pretty nice to have it right there and not have to go looking for it. Oh well, it’ll just take a little longer to go and say thanks now is all. >_<

  5. I wonder what entity sent out those notice what did they say. I heard of entities that frivolously make copyright claims to things that don’t even legitimately belong to them in order to them. It’s such a shame since I use mangaupdates to discover manga I never heard of before, but as long as they update their database, I’ll still use it.

    Anyways, thank you for the hard work.

    • I wonder what entity sent out those notice and what did they say. I heard of entities that frivolously make copyright claims to things that don’t even legitimately belong to them in order to gain traffic to their own
      websites or phish for information.
      /Edit*

      Forgive me for for my typos.

  6. I’d love to know which company filed the DMCA so I know which publisher to stop buying from. After all I spend a few thousand bux a year on anime and manga.

  7. After lurking around in 4chan, I saw about 4 diferent projects to bring back links to mangaupdates, most of them were extensions for both chrome and modzilla.
    My guess is that once that is done, and it is shared around, there wont be a big difference.

  8. Userscript to restore group website links: https://github.com/loadletter/mangaupdates-urlfix

    Hopefully someone will eventually turn something like this into a firefox or chrome plugin (for the sake of easier updates and installing)

  9. This change threw me off for a bit, then I realized I can just click on the scanlation group name and select + drag the name into my quick-search bar. Problem solved in a moderately still-convenient way.

  10. The change only threw me off for smaller sites that don’t show up on web searches. I adjusted by hopping from the twitter/FB link to the group site. For groups without them, I just bookmark their site.

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