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Digital Publisher JManga To Close Doors, Strands Customers Over DRM
JManga, the online comic illustration distributor which started in August of 2o11, has announced today that they will be closing their doors this spring. On May 30th, all purchases made through the distributor will no longer be accessible due to shutting down the DRM servers. The system uses “JMaga Points” which are in house currency traded for real USD. Any unused points on the system will be converted in to Amazon gift cards. JManga has neither offline reading options or downloads, so all customers will be left out from any purchases made.
JManga.com Service Termination Schedule
a.) JManga Point Distribution and Sales Termination: March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)
b.) Digital Manga Purchasing Service Termination: March 26th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)
c.) Manga Viewing Service Termination: May 30th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)
Details:a.) JManga Point Distribution and Sales Termination
Date: March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) Details: As of March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) users are no longer be able to purchase and/or acquire JManga Points through the Monthly Point Plan and Pay-as-you-go Plan on JManga.com. Due to this termination all Monthly Point Plan members’ accounts have been automatically switched to Free Memberships. As such Monthly Point Plan members will not be charged after March 13th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time). For questions regarding credit card charges, please refer to the FAQ. *Note: Users will be able to use their JManga Points to purchase digital manga content on Jmanga.com until March 26th 2013 at 11:59pm.
b.) Digital Manga Purchasing Service Termination
Date: March 26th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) Details: As of March 26th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) users will no longer be able to purchase digital manga content on JManga.com. *Note: Users will be able to view the digital manga content they have purchased on JManga.com until May 30th 2013 at 11:59pm.
c.) Manga Viewing Service Termination
Date: May 30th at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) Details: As of May 30th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time) users will no longer be able to view digital manga content on JManga.com. At this time all purchased and free digital manga content will be erased from all JManga Member’s accounts.
We deeply regret having to terminate our manga retail service in this manner and offer our sincerest apologies to the users, partners and friends who supported us. As a small token of our appreciation we will be refunding each user’s unused points in the manner explained below.
Right on the FAQ section under the announcement is this sad note:
Is there a way to download the manga I have purchased? It is not possible to download manga from My Page. All digital manga content will no longer be viewable after May 30th 2013 at 11:59pm (US Pacific Time)
This is not the first time something like this has happened or the issues around the use of DRM. Last week DRM played a major roll in the issues around the next series of SimCity by EA. There is currently a petition on the White House website to have the word “buy” removed from any business transaction that the product uses DRM and replaced with “licensing”.