American web security company Cloudflare got in trouble with big manga publishers as they allowed pirated manga content into their servers. And now, they have reached a settlement with the four big manga companies, Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shueisha, and Shogakukan. Previously, another publisher. Takeshobo, also sued the American company for the same crime.
For its part, Cloudflare has now agreed to stop caching pirated manga on its Japanese servers from specified Japanese websites. However, this is if the Tokyo District Court deems this copyright infringement.
The lawyers from this publishers have filed the lawsuit back in August 2018. It seems that Cloudflare has been hosting pirated content for various pirated manga sites, including Hoshi no Romi, which many people have deemed as the successor to Mangamura. The Big 4 also filed a lawsuit against Hoshi no Romi last September, at the New York Southern District Court.
Cloudflare acts as an intermediary between a server and its end users. It even provides content even if the original server is facing connectivity issues or even if there are denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. And from the looks of things, because of this, it is harder for manga publishers to block images uploaded by the manga piracy sites.
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