Not satisfied with the kerfuffle he caused with his J-Comi launch remarks, mangaka Ken Akamatsu is now picking a fight with NicoNico Douga, accusing them of profiting by stealing the works of others without giving them proper compensation.
No prizes seem appropriate for those able to guess which medium Ken Akamatsu used to disseminate his inflammatory soundbites:
NicoNico Douga’s premium membership costs ¥525 a month, and they give nothing to the copyright holders whose works are illegally uploaded there. [...] It’s a bit rich for them to proclaim “NicoNico Douga is finally making a profit!”
The positions of the admins and posters are different so isn’t it a bit more complicated?
If they have the consent of creators, isn’t it best for everyone for them to compensate them fairly? The way it is set now hardly seems the best way?
It should be remembered that publicity on Nico will have an indirect positive effect on the work in question.
Everyone says that, don’t they? But do they really believe it?
NicoNico’s official position is somewhat similar to that of YouTube – videos are deleted on the request of copyright holders, and there is officially distributed anime available. As with YouTube, only the JASRAC music industry mafia and giant publishers with intimidating armies of lawyers receive anything back from Nico.
A recent comment on 2ch to the effect that “Why is it celebs self-destruct whenever they get on Twitter?” seems particularly pertinent here, the validity of Akamatsu’s point notwithstanding.