Several posters observed that the publishers seem to be concerned with stopping scanning and posting in Japan. Peter Ahlstrom observes
I wouldn’t compare this to fanscanning…I’d say this is more like those people selling bootlegs on eBay (of which there are tons, and I don’t know why companies don’t go after them a lot more than they do).
The biggest threat to manga right now is probably the cafes and the used bookstores. In Korea, manhwa cafes have decimated the industry–sales today aren’t a tenth of what they were 5 years ago.
This may be true; certainly inter-library loan has saved my family a lot of money. Meanwhile Libertus makes this ominous prediction:
There are technical ways to prevent printed matter being scanned. They are very rarely implemented these days, but I foresee them becoming much more prevalent in the future, especially as companies realise the dollars potentially being lost to the bootlegging market.
Meanwhile, Manga News brings a press release from a store in Finland that is offering free manga to “established scanlators,” no strings attached. One commenter wonders if it might not be a sting.
On a tangentially related subject, Comics Worth Reading has links and commentary on Otakon’s new fan art policy. Johanna summarizes:
Handcrafts are allowed, as are artistic variations on existing characters; buttons and t-shirts featuring character pictures aren’t. Original art is allowed; prints aren’t (unless they’re of your characters). These are sensible guidelines that fit in with the usual understanding of copyright law at conventions.
Which seems fair enough.