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tomxander
October 21, 2009, 11:35 AM
iManga Reader

“Hold on to your cosplays, everyone – Studio Bebop has created a gold mine for all those manga and anime enthusiasts out there! Now, with the iManga Reader, fans can access countless manga series on-the-go with the tap of a button. Linked to One Manga, iManga Reader brings every series available on the site to the palm of your hand. Users can tap the “Pick a Series” button to begin sifting through the available series alphabetically, or search for a specific series in the search bar at the top of the screen...”, so and so is said by reviewers in some websites. But is there an even greater underlying problem that this seemingly harmless application is doing?

For years, I have been relying on MH and OneManga for all my manga needs. Then something happened last week that surprised me. I saw an application on one of my friend’s iPhone that caught my eye. It was the iManga Reader application. He actually bought this application for $3.99 which translated around Rs.200 in our country. As I fired up the app, I was really annoyed as I could see that I had already seen this whole thing somewhere. That's when it hit me. This was clearly a rip-off of OneManga. These Studio Bebop guys were stealing the server resources of someone else and making big bucks off of it.

This application is actually pulling data off the OneManga servers without the advertisements. Basically what it does is to hotlink OM's website information. This can or may cause significant costs to OneManga’s service providers and hosts. Even if OneManga isn’t under any specific Open Source license, it’s still not fair play to make something like this and to top it all, to make it a paid application, when the people at Onemanga are the ones who are providing the manga for free and as they are the ones who pay the server costs. This application is clearly gaining revenue for others efforts.

So Studio Bebop is selling a commercial product that not only steals server resources directly from a website, but the contents of the website that ARE copyrighted works. This is clearly a lawsuit waiting to happen. And I doubt, the people at Studio Bebop have gotten rights from the respective copyright holders of these manga's.

:( Finally, please do not buy this app as this might put the guys at onemanga out of business and cause massive problems for people who rely on OM to get the scanlations of their favorite manga. (OneManga is actually a good source for people with dial-up internet connections).

Here are some screenshots:
http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/imanga1.jpg http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/imanga2.jpg http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/imanga3.jpg http://www.theiphoneappreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/imanga4.jpg
screenshots courtsey of iPhoneAppReviwes.com

Teaparty
October 21, 2009, 09:21 PM
I doubt they'd do that... Maybe onemanga knows about this and is cooperating with Studio Bebop?
Would be funny though.. to think who would sue who? Surely Studio Bebop could blame everything on onemanga and that it is free online viewing. Then onemanga sues Bebop... lol. And they both go down, oh no!

tomxander
October 22, 2009, 10:19 AM
LOL.... that might happen. I still don't get why Apple allowed them to post such an app on the iTunes store. Hmmm... makes you wonder..