Bookoff Offers to Pay Manga Creators

As reported by Anime News Network:

Bookoff Corporation, Japan’s largest used bookstore chain, has reportedly offered to pay 100 million yen (about US$1 million) to the Copyright Network for Comic Authors in the 21st Century, The Japan Writers’ Association, and other creators’ associations. According to the newspapers who first learned of this offer on March 31, the offer is intended to address complaints from these organizations that the growing used-book market has affected new book sales. This is the first known specific offer of payment from bookstores to these organizations. The comic authors’ group was one of the groups listed in the “Stop! Fan-Subtitles” notice that appeared in Tokyo International Anime Fair 2008.

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