NTT group has announced it will block access to malicious piracy sites that distribute popular manga and other content for free without permission.
The announcement on Monday was an apparent response to the government’s call to block such sites amid concern that losses caused by reading for free would rapidly expand in the near future.
Some observers appreciate the impact of a major internet provider taking measures against piracy, but many in the industry remain cautious of blocking sites. It is uncertain whether other providers will take action similar to NTT.
The Content Overseas Distribution Association, which collects information on piracy, has estimated that the damage caused by the three sites NTT group will block exceeded \400 billion from September to February, with Mangamura causing losses of about \320 billion, Anitube about \88 billion and Miomio about \25 billion.
Reading manga for free on piracy sites means that manga artists and other related parties are deprived of the remuneration they otherwise would receive, resulting in fewer resources to produce new stories.
気になった単語はremuneratiion /rɪˌmjuːnəˈreɪʃən/ です。
また、LDOCEでは “the pay you give someone for something they have done for you” と記載されていました。