Some 2-channel(2ch.net) users noticed early morning on June 3 that an unpopular notification page on 2-channel was updated with the warning message against 5 notorious 2-channel watcher blogs.
We ban the following URL from using copyrighted materials owned by 2ch, as it is detrimental that those people who damage to third parties and do not apologize. We also forbid the reuse of copyrighted materials on similar sites by those people and related persons.
We may take some actions against forged texts and reuse of our copyrighted materials without reference to ours.
The names of the summary sites are Yaraon, Hamusoku, Hachima-kikou, Oreteki Game Sokuhou@JIN and Nyu-soku VIP blog.
There are hundreds of 2-channel summary sites, which are posting summarized, emphasized with color and font-size decorated discussions from raw 2-channel threads. These named five are the most successful ones and have millions page views, which are converted to their profit by heavy affiliate advertising around posts.
Recently there are more people who only check those summary sites, instead of going to the original 2-channel, which 2-channel seemed not cared much for years. However, recently there are more critics arose that some summary sites forged their summary, by changing quoted posts for example, and they often became buzzed on Twitter and other social media with noted “on 2-channel”. Sometimes their posts are referred by English blog media.
All of the 5 sites immediately posted on this as their latest news. Some wrote that they would not be able to continue, some just pasted the warning. I guess that they are watching people’s reactions.
There are few other summary sites who gains the same or more traffic than these five, such like Itai News, Alfalfa, etc. People are guessing why 2-channel listed the five now.
I think that banned by 2-channel is not really meaningful, because they tried to hide who owns and manages 2-channel, to avoid responsibilities. So even if any of those summary sites keep copying new threads from 2ch, bringing that to the court means 2-channel has to set who is plaintiff, and that will cause troubles on 2-channel who receives lots of lawsuits and court-orders.
The most outrageous piece of copyright censorship I have seen in ALL my life. closing down 2ch matome sites has got nothing to do with venting anger towards stealth marketing. Rather this is is an intentional diversionary tactic to rouse hatred towards 2ch Matome’s, thereby allowing the State to further its goal of attacking free speech via copyright. http://visualnovelaer.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/i-am-outraged-theyre-abusing-the-1994-trips-agreement-to-close-down-2ch-net-matome-sites/
You can read the original comments on 2-channel, though some of the 5 matome sites do not link to the original threads, and modify the titles slightly different from the original, which makes readers to visit the original threads to check if the too-controversial comments really existed in the original discussion (which sometimes did not exist).
I do not know if this ban is related to the stealth-marketing incidents, and I do not know how free speech and censorship come into this issue.
THANK GOD. Hachimaki and Jin’s affiliate profiting is way too large, their affiliate links are plastered all over NeoGAF, Kotaku, Sankaku, Andriasang, and various other forums that find news from Hachimaki/Jin but aren’t aware they’re linking affiliate links.
This will also mean Sankaku/Kotaku/Andriasang will no longer be leeching articles from them, whom essentially leech from 2ch. I don’t think reporting information coming out of 2ch is what they’re against――rather people who essentially steal their material for a matter of profit.