Manga publisher Shueisha has obtained a subpoena at a California federal court that requires Cloudflare to expose the operators of several piracy-related sites. The targets include 13dl.to, manga-zip.is, wupfile.com and hexupload.net. Each of these sites has millions of monthly users and are predominantly popular in Japan.
Japanese manga comics have always been popular on pirate sites but, where other categories have seen stalled growth, manga piracy boomed.
This unauthorized activity has not gone unnoticed by publishers, who’ve made it clear that piracy will not be tolerated, wherever it takes place in the world.
Japan’s largest publisher Shueisha finds itself at the frontline of this battle. The company has taken a variety of legal actions, also in a U.S. court, where it hoped to find evidence against the operators of Manganato.com; thus far without result.
With more than 122 million monthly visits, Manganato is one of the largest piracy…