licensing

Artists!

Listen up! The US copyright office has published a report that proposes major changes to US copyright law which, should it become a bill and pass, could effectively strip all copyright protection from every artist, author, or other content creator. This would theoretically apply to every US citizen, AND would have a profound impact on international content creators whose work is used in the US.

We have until THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015 to submit letters of opposition to the US Copyright Office.

Watch THIS VIDEO to hear about the report, and scenarios that could arise if this became law. It’s very long, but this is super important!

Read This, plus some of the sample letters on that page, and find the link on that page to submit your own letters. 

Heavy response from artists worked when they tried to pass the Orphaned Works bill in the past, so don’t think your voice doesn’t matter! Please write a letter to the copyright office telling them about why this is a terrible idea!

Hirunaka no Ryuusei has a chance of becoming officially published in English!

Hi all, Charlotte here. Viz Media is currently asking people to fill out their Fall Anime and Manga Survey. It has three sections: the first is related to anime and the second to manga; the third is about general information and the part where our interest lies, because Viz is asking us if we have any anime and manga licensing wishes.

Before you rush over to complete it, I’m going to caution everyone against cheating, such as taking the survey multiple times. This is really important because not only does this give a negative impression of the sort of people HnR fans are, it also creates a negative impression for HnR that is likely to spread to other publishers.

This is bad because if Viz doesn’t publish HnR, other publishers who would otherwise considering publishing will avoid it because of the bad impression of the fandom and the negativity surrounding HnR itself.

tl;dr Take the survey, by all means, but please don’t cheat.

Performing Rights Organizations - PROs

I’ve seen some misinformation floating about and want to clarify something. The PRO that licenses songs for an artist does NOT have control over merchandising or media where that song is used, they simply issue licenses and collect and distribute royalties. If the business using a song doesn’t have the proper licensing, the PRO will lower the hammer, but if the use is approved by the artist, the PRO will comply with a license.

If 1DHQ wants “Story of My Life” to be used for a kiddie video game, GMR will license the music to the creator - they are the accountants, not the gatekeepers of good taste.

It wasn’t ASCAP or BMI that agreed to allow Nike to use The Beatle’s song “Revolution” in a commercial. It was Michael Jackson, the owner of the publishing rights.

Cowboy Bebop Licensed for Board Games and miniature figures

Jasco Games has acquired the game rights to the anime Cowboy Bebop, as well as Dragon Ball Z, and the company is planning to produce a board game with miniatures for each.

Specifically, the company plans to add Cowboy Bebop to its “Universal Fighting System: Collectible Card Game”, which uses characters from other licensed franchises such as Mega Man and, more recently, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter.

While a connection between “Cowboy Bebop” and “card fighting game” isn’t immediately obvious, the idea of new miniatures made in the characters’ likenesses is sure to stir up fans’ interest.

“One common trope, lately, has been to suggest that fanwork creators can, or should, obtain licenses before creating fanworks. After all, the argument goes, many authors and other media creators now recognize the positive value of fanworks, and would be delighted to give permission for fans to make fanworks. So why not have more licensing regimes for fanworks, where copyright holders give fans permission to make fanworks, probably in exchange for a fee or a share of the fan’s proceeds if they want to commercialize their fanworks?

Here’s why not — licensing is neither legally necessary nor is it favorable to fans or fan culture for a number of reasons.”

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variety.com
Marvel Unveils 'Captain America: Civil War' Licensees (EXCLUSIVE)
Marvel has unveiled a dozen of the licensees for next year’s “Captain America: Civil War”
By Dave McNary

Paul Gitter, senior VP of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products, told Variety that the overall campaign will build on the success of licensed products for “Age of Ultron.”

“We’ll see an extension mixing in new characters with new skills,” he added. “There will also be a big focus on adult female apparel.”

[…] The campaign will feature a celebration of Captain America’s 75th anniversary that will be limited to higher-end retailers. There will also be focus on newer characters War Machine, Falcon, Vision, Black Widow and Black Panther; and an expansion into healthy living and travel.

While none of the above means we will actually see an increase in Black Widow merchandise (who is apparently a “newer” character… c’mon Variety, get your shit together) we can still hope that this is the start of an (extremely overdue) attempt to avoid previous merchandising asshattery where both the character and the female demographic are concerned. 

Regulating entry into certain kinds of professions on the grounds of health and safety makes sense, but once a process is set up to exclude people from doing a job, incumbent practitioners have a strong economic incentive to use the licensing board as a means to eliminate competition. Today, more than a quarter of American workers need a license to do their job, representing a fivefold increase relative to the 1950s.

You can tell from the enormous state-to-state variation that rules are often going well beyond what’s needed for safety. For example, the report notes that “South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska require 16 months of education to become a licensed cosmetologist, while New York and Massachusetts require less than 8 months.” If you heard your friend was going to get a manicure in Boston, would you fear for her safety or tell her to go to Des Moines instead? Of course not.

The report also notes that licensing has in some cases become a cudgel with which to punish the already disadvantaged. Over a dozen states have rules that can make non-payment of student loans into grounds for license revocation — turning state licensing boards into debt collectors. And rules barring people with felony convictions from obtaining licenses are widespread, which tends to exacerbate all the problems with racial and socioeconomic disparities in the criminal justice system.

Seven Seas Entertainment Envisions a Brighter Future with License of orange Manga Series

Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce their acquisition of Ichigo Takano’s romantic time-travel manga series, orange.

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn’t take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru’s as well.

“We’re always excited to expand our shojo catalog and orange is another big part of that,” said Seven Seas publisher Jason DeAngelis. “With orange, I was impressed by its touching story, but also intrigued by the time-travel aspect. It’s both heartwarming and suspenseful. I think it will really move our readers.“

orange was originally published by Futabasha in Japan, and has since sold over 1 520 000 copies. The series is currently being adapted into a live-action film.­

Seven Seas will release the critically-lauded orange for the first time in print in North America as two complete omnibus editions. Each book will contain over 380 pages, wrap-around covers, and color inserts. The first omnibus will be released on January 26, 2016 for $18.99 US / $21.99 CAN, with the second omnibus following in May.

madman.com.au
Madman Entertainment licenses 'Hetalia: The Beautiful World' in Australia

Australian licensing company Madman Entertainment announced at the Supanova Sydney convention that it has licensed Hetalia: The Beautiful World.

via the Madman Entertainment website:

HETALIA Beautiful World (Season 5)

The Allied guys and Axis boys are back in HETALIA: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD! It’s Season 5. As in high-five! And when we high-five, a tiny kitten appears with a wee banjo! And he’s playing a song about a cupcake and it’s freaking adorable! But then Prussia shows up and yells at the kitten. But the kitten doesn’t get sad, because, dude… Claaaassic Prussia.

HETALIA: THE BEAUTIFUL WORLD will be coming to DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms from September

Madman has also released previous seasons of the anime as well as the film in the region.

Big news is coming!!

Join us here at Seven Seas for our 10 Days of Licensing! On Mondays to Fridays from November 30th to December 11th, we’ll be announcing a whole bunch of brand new manga licenses that you’ll be seeing on store shelves in 2016! Sometimes one a day, sometimes two a day…and sometimes possibly even more!

It’s two weeks of fun and surprises, spanning an assortment of genres and formats, for every reader! Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or at GoManga.com, for all the news as we begin our march towards another fantastic year at Seven Seas Entertainment.

(( Read on GoManga.com ))

Hirunaka no Ryuusei is getting an official Polish translation!

In April 2016, Hirunaka no Ryuusei will be published in Polish by Waneko! So for all you Polish people, don’t forget to buy your copy of HnR when it comes out next year to show your support for Yamamori Mika!

Here’s the message from kmieciutakiotaku​ who kindly let us know about these awesome news:

GUYS, I CAN’T EVEN! We have a big announcement today in Poland. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE HIRUNAKA NO RYUUSEI ON OFFER IN APRIL NEXT YEAR! Waneko is a publisher btw. [GOSH, SENSEI. THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH!]

I was so cheerful to hear about that! You don’t even know how loud me and my friends had screamed out after hearing the news. haha :’D I am so, so happy that I can recommend my friends my favourite manga and they can read in our own language! I know they’re gonna adore it as much as I do.

Thank you guys - because if you weren’t translating HnR earlier I wouldn’t love it so much right now. Of course I am going to buy every volume and treat them as a treasure <3

EVERYONE! Support Sensei because you may have a chance like us to have Yamamori Mika’s mangas on your shelfs.