A hentai author sues DLsite for suspending him for ‘insufficient censorship’

the japanese portal Bengoshi News published an article describing a legal dispute between hentai author Dr.卑猥性器まらまら (Dr. Hiwai Seiki Maramara) and the Japanese digital platform DL sitewho suspended his publication permissions because his most recent work did not meet the “minimum amount of censorship” required by the terms of use of the site in more than one revision.

A hentai author sues DLsite for suspending him for 'insufficient censorship'

«A male author of doujinshi (self-published manga, usually hentai) has filed a lawsuit against the management company of DLsitea leading digital sales company for doujinshi works, in the Tokyo District Court, claiming that his status as a user was unfairly canceled and demanding payment of approximately 1.5 million yen (more than 12 thousand US dollars), including compensation».

«The first round of claims was held on March 11, and the operator, EISYS (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), requested that the claim be dismissed. The company will now prepare a replica. Bengoshi News has reviewed the court records, including the complaint, and has found that there appear to have been problems with the inadequacy of the censorship mosaic and other aspects of the adult-oriented works that the man attempted to sell on the website.».

«According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, as a sole proprietor, has been a seller (creative circle) on the website since at least June 2008 and has sold over 150 works to the general public. However, on December 8, 2021, the company revoked the user’s license on the grounds that DLsite’s terms of use confirmed prohibited activities. Some of the contents of the notification email wrote: “Since the following prohibited activities have been identified in the DLsite Terms of Use, we would like to inform you that we have revoked your user status in accordance with the Terms of Use”».

«The email does not specifically state what constitutes “obstruction of operations or acts of disparagement or defamation” as grounds for revoking a user’s membership. Plaintiff also asserts that he is unaware of what conduct constituted the prohibited conduct.but emails and other communications between the complainant and DLsite staff immediately prior to the revocation action may provide a clue. The plaintiff had requested the registration of the hentai doujinshi “没落貴族の娘が触手姫に変わり果てるまで (How the Daughter of a Fallen Aristocrat Turned Into a Tentacled Princess)” for sale, and which curiously is available on FANZA».

The fact that the work with that name is available in FANZA confirm that it is the author Dr.卑猥性器まらまら (Dr Hiwai Seiki Maramara). There are none of his works available in the catalog of hentaisince they are all of the style “CG Collection“, which refers to color illustrations with little dialogue. Even so, FANZA lists more than 150 releases under this author’s name, with a good portion exceeding 500 sales. Now, continuing with the article:

«However, DLsite staff requested a further review of it (December 3, 2021), as it was not sufficiently censored with mosaic or other media throughout, and the genitals and joints were clearly visible. In response to the request, the plaintiff revised his work several times, but it is believed that each time he was told that his revisions were insufficient. Between December 3rd and December 7th, he sent emails and contacted DLsite to complain to the person responsible».

«The plaintiff’s main complaint is that the controller does not proceed with the registration process, and that even after submitting the corrected work according to his instructions, the controller continued to point out new uncorrected sections throughout the work, despite the fact that each new correction fixed these aspects by the author. And he added: “I will not let my work be disfigured by these vicious bastards!“. As for those responsible, he added: “Let them fire the two people who have committed the malpractice!“. With the emotional burden of the situation on the author, the statement towards the person in charge or DLsite is: “They really are the worst! Go to hell».

«(Omission) In view of the above, the plaintiff alleges that the suspension of his author status on DLsite is illegal and seeks compensation of approximately 1.5 million yen. The breakdown is as follows: compensation of 1 million yen for the emotional distress caused by being deprived of most of his income, attorney’s fees, as well as lost earnings that he should have earned in December of the same year, on the basis of a monthly average (approximately 400,000 yen) calculated from the sales of the year before November 2021. The compensation may increase in the future, as long as DLsite does not invalidate the revocation of your user status.».

Source: Bengoshi News

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