I'm sure a good few of you are familiar with NOEZ - the company that runs Mangafox, which is an english aggregator for manga and has been inconsiderate of any scanlator's wishes. I'm sure that you also know that they attract millions of visitors to their site. The estimate given by NOEZ is around 80 million visits. This means that they earn an amount in thousands from Mangafox daily. That's quite the amount, right?
Mangafox is just one of their many sources for revenue. More commonly known sites owned by NOEZ are Wallpaperfox.com, Wallpaperhere.com, Mangahere.com, Animehere.com and Anime-eden.com. Some have the same whois info and are listed under the contact [email protected] and based in New York. They all bring in ad revenue. Anime-eden is now defunct, much to the dismay of its subcribers. That's right, subcribers. Anime-eden had a subscription for the many anime series it hosted that had been fansubbed by others. They also have an online store at www.otakushop.com that sells merchandise with designs that have been taken from manga. They are running online businesses with a large profit margin that is dependent on piracy. It is unfair to the folk who spend a lot of their time scanlating and/or fansubbing the work for others and no profit. Most of all, it is unfair on the anime and manga industry who produce wonderful pieces of work for the enjoyment of us fans.
Other lesser known sites owned by NOEZ would be Otakuzone.com, Animeonline.net and game321.com. Yes, that last website is a site dedicated to online games. They operate under the name 'Ngames Limited' for their gaming ventures. You also won't find much about these in a whois search because NOEZ use private domain registration.
Currently, NOEZ have established profitable businesses in the online gaming, animation and comic book industry. All profit gained off of the hard work of others. I can't imagine what their cumulative revenue could be, but it's pretty obvious that they barely spend money on much besides themselves and server costs for their sites. That's a large profit margin. They then take that money and invest a minimum amount in other less shady business ventures, such as their games. However, even their games cause you to raise an eyebrow. "The anime-inspired “Pockie Ninja” is a blatant rip-off and an attempt at another project with minimum effort and huge profits. Again, the efforts and intellectual property of other individuals have been profitable for NOEZ. They rely hugely on the ignorance of their visitors and their customers.
It is definite that they operate in China. When searching for their parent company in chinese ( which is 'Hangzhou promise of science and technology' according to Google translate), the results are mainly job vacancy sites with the same contact details. The most interesting result to surface is this, which reveals the name of a 'President' of the company. A certain Ong Yong Ye (I expect there's a translation issue. Google translate's a bitch) seems to be the president of Hangzhou promise of science and technology. I can't provide much concerning Mr.Ye because I don't know any chinese. However, I expect Mr.Ye is a fake.
So far, a lot of names have popped up. NOEZ. Ngames Limited. Hangzhou promise of science and technology. It's pretty clear that they specialise in deception and thieving. More people need to know and understand their true nature and the way they operate. I also doubt whether this is all there is to them. Who knows? I might also learn chinese now.
Edit: I noticed Noez.com.cn is down, so I replaced a link with a screencap.
Edited by mhh, 16 April 2012 - 06:12 AM.