Have a manga you liked and downloaded? Well, J-Comi can make that download legal. How? By asking the creators for permission!
To be more specific, the process will be as follows:
1. First, if readers have “illegal (out-of-print) manga files” or know where such files exist on Winny, Share, or other peer-to-peer networks, Akamatsu wants the readers to submit (upload) the files to J-Comi.
2. J-Comi will keep these files private and contact the original manga creators.
3. If the creators give their permission, J-Comi will “purify” the files (through the process explained below) and repost them. Thus, “atonement” is made for the unauthorized release and distribution.
4. In cases where the out-of-print status of the manga is uncertain, J-Comi and the creators will make the decision.
5. If the creators give their OK, J-Comi will automatically insert advertising into all the pages of the manga and repost them. Akamatsu emphasizes that the creators receive the revenue from the advertising, and J-Comi itself will keep 0% of the revenue.
6. “However, if the creators do not give their OK, the files will be abandoned and the files will continue to drift through hell (Winny). Perhaps forever….”
J-Comi has already “purified”, to use their term, an old manga called Player wa Nemurenai: The Man Lost in the Network Labyrinth, a one shot volume by Tetsuya Kurosawa and Hidehisa Masaki.
J-Comi is a Japanese language manga portal which showcases manga for free with the use of advertisements as means of support. J-Comi opened it’s doors late last year with the founder, Akamatsu’s creation Love Hina becoming available for reading to the masses.