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LA Times Tackles Comic Book Online Piracy

This LA Times article is a good snapshot of the issues associated with comic books getting scanned and shared online. I assume it is tough for traditional comic book publishers - from DC and Marvel down to the smaller indy shops - to sort out how to deal with this. On the one hand if online comic book file sharing is following the same trajectory as music (and now video) file sharing, it's conceivable that the audience will grow tremendously - far outstripping the current market for comic books.

The downside, of course is that all of those readers online aren't paying the $3 + for the paper comic book. Although publishers may fight this or ignore this, some smart publisher is going to figure out a way to leverage this at some point and convert a significant enough number of file sharing fans into paying fans to create a new business model for comic books. It may not wind up being all that different from evolving efforts by webcomic creators but I don't doubt that it's coming.

The way I figure it...

Coydog's picture

The way I figure it, it's hardly worth it for me to pay up front for a 5,000 print run of whatever when there's no guarantee of breaking even on it. I like Lulu. With respect to the pirating, it's just gonna happen. The internet + human nature = lots of stuff getting ripped off for nothing. Even webcomics can be victimized by site-rippers and such. I do things like randomize the names of image files to minimize the chance of somebody coming in and ripping my files.

Monique MacNaughton

UNA Frontiers

Monique MacNaughton

UNA Frontiers