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Postby maywong » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:27 pm

How does authors get back the licenses of books that publishers are holding but not going to do anything with them? Can the author ask for them back? :? There are a few authors that I really wish I could have their work in english but the publishers (Dramaqueen, Kitty Media) who have the licenses, are just sitting on them. Arrggg!
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Re: licenses?

Postby lore » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:17 am

According to the talk I've seen around at news and interview sites, mangakas are actually more conservative with their works than the publishers that own them. Licenses do revert to the mangaka once and if publishers give them up, but, apparently, many mangaka are reluctant to allow their works to be sold in digital formats.

For example, a 2009 article says outright: "As a rule mangaka are very reluctant to give up their works or give permission to use copyrights."
http://factsanddetails.com/japan.php?it ... bcatid=135

And I see that kind of comment in other articles about publishing manga often.
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