Buh-bye, htmlcomics.com: Illegal site shut down
We noticed htmlcomics.com a while back and its, shall we say, creative interpretation of copyright law before Rich Johnston brought them a bit of extra attention– which, as we were afraid of, spiked their traffic upward even faster than it was going.
So we were pleased to notice their site went down about three weeks back, and even more happy to see the illegal hosting of files is now officially gone:
The FBI has shut
down comic scan site htmlcomics.com and seized its servers in a raid
supported by a consortium of comic publishers, according to an
announcement by Katten Muchen Rosenman, the law firm representing the
publishers consortium. Marvel, DC, Dark Horse,
Bongo, Archie, Conan Properties, Mirage, and United Media were involved.
Htmlcomics.com was the
largest site offering scanned American comics, according to the
announcement, with an average of 1.6 million visits a day and over 6.6
million pages of comics from 5,700 series. The
site was “…producing rampant copyright infringement on a daily basis and
depriving artists and publishers of hard-earned and much-needed
revenue,” according to the publishers’ attorneys.
That said, my rule of black markets apply– there’s no supply if there’s no demand. And comics are still the most expensive entertainment out there. Rich goes after some of the other arguments here.