Zcult down due to legal threat from Marvel, DC

By Mel

Obsessive comicbook fans who absolutely must read every single issue that comes out from their beloved titles, or completists that want to read every single issue that is included in massive yearly crossover events can either do two things — spend a majority of their income buying comicbooks or download digitally scanned copies of the comics. For a growing number of collectors, digital comics has been a salve to soothe acute wallet burnout. They can now scan favorite titles or look for issues that they have missed. This makes them buy comics with a bit of foreknowledge, allowing them to just get issues that they really love and skip those that do not pass their personal scrutiny.

But it looks like digital comics is the next big battlefield in IPR issues. Zcult.fm, the comicbook fan site with tracker for digital comics, pulled down its torrent tracker for the time being because of threatened legal action from Marvel and DC comics. The owners of Zcult are said to be mulling over their own response to the legal threat but for the time being put down the tracker first.

Speculation has been rampant about this sudden legal action and many think that this happened because Marvel Comics recently unveiled its digital comicbook archive service (it stands to reason DC will also offer this service). This is another morally and legally ambiguous issue that will affect the hobby of many geeks worldwide.

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