Gigazine and TorrentFreak reported Thursday that the Japanese Hanime manga publisher Shueisha filed a legal request with Google and Internet service provider Hurricane Electric to disclose evidence to identify and prosecute another party for copyright infringement. Shueisha claims that a number of sites containing one or more of the following words: “‘buzz /’, ‘https://ssl.asiax.cloud/’ and ‘https://ssl.appsx.cloud/'” – are connected to the pirate site in Japanese Mangabank. Mangabank’s website is currently offline, with a message saying it is closed due to “server maintenance costs”.
Before submitting the request, Shueisha asked network infrastructure company Cloudflare to release information using a Digital Millennium Copyright Act subpoena. Thanks to Cloudflare, the publisher discovered that the domains allegedly used by Mangabank were hosted by Hurricane Electric. In addition, Mangabank allegedly used the services provided by Google, including a Gmail address and an AdSense account. The associated Internet Protocol (IP) addresses also led to China.
Shueisha and a San Francisco law firm filed an October 27 application with the California District Court to allow information to be discovered. Shueisha aims to find the information of suspected hackers and prosecute them.
According to market data analyzer Similarweb, more than 81 million people access Mangabank monthly, making it the 44th most popular site in Japan.
Earlier this year, Twitter had locked down numerous accounts and deleted images uploaded in response to copyright claims allegedly under the name of Shueisha. Most of the deleted images were related to Shueisha properties, especially to manga A play and Dragon ball super, and included fan art and cosplay photographs.
Shueisha told ANN that the copyright takedowns were not from Shueisha, but from a third party using the name of the company without authorization. Shueisha denied any involvement in the kidnappings. Shueisha also issued a statement on his MANGA More Thursday, claiming he had been “falsely represented by an individual” when sending copyright claims, and is investigating with social media platforms to decide on a course of action.