More Art Theft?
Submitted by Joey Manley on April 23, 2007 - 08:33
The creator of the manga-style webcomic Shonen Punk is accusing a small-press webmanga repackager of re-publishing his work without acquiring permission, or providing compensation.
Back in 2005 purrsia press Contacted me about publishing Shonen Punk! I thought The place looked a little seedy , but took a chance and sent them a CD with the first chapter of shonenpunk! They requested a hardcopy instead. I never sent one out due to lame personal problems. I never eard from them after that. [...] Now zoom on over to 2007. Here I am bored googling shonen punk! when what do i find? Purrsia press has just published Shonenpunk as of feb. 2007.
The creator says that no permission was ever given to Purrsia to print this material, and is asking for advice on how to handle the matter.
I do not know if the above is true or not, but it sounds very disturbing, and not entirely unlikely. I don't know anything about Purrsia Press, or, for that matter, much of anything about Shonen Punk (though it looks pretty good, and I may have to start reading it now). But, as always, I am inclined to believe the cartoonist. That's what webcomics fans like me, you know, do. Unfortunately, Shonen Punk is not as well-known to old-time webcomics insiders as Purple Pussy, and Purrsia Press does not appear to be quite so successful in its business dealings as you-know-who, so there's less likely to be an enormous outcry over the netertubes.
Hopefully, this will turn out to have been a misunderstanding (the creator did submit the work to the publisher -- and never heard back from them).
Most webcartoonists are not equipped to deal with this kind of thing -- or even to know that it has happened to them. I'm starting to wonder if there shouldn't be a sort of early warning system devoted to finding and publicizing claims of this sort. Maybe just a blog or a messageboard or something. I dunno. I wouldn't want to run it. It would be a big fat target for abuse (and for libel suits). So. Yeah. Probably not. Ah well.