Minori In “Constructive Negotiations” With Fan-Translation Group

By Ishaan . July 18, 2010 . 4:34pm

Ef Following two cease & desist letters addressed to them from visual novel publisher, Minori (Ef), fan-translation group, No Name Losers, have at last ceased work on Ef. In their last C&D to NNL, Minori wrote:


If you wish to obtain an official license from us, handle the ratings issue, follow our requested procedures and sell and/or distribute [our software] within English-speaking circles, then there is the possibility of your visiting our office and discussing with us a license agreement. We would look forward to people following the proper procedure for getting things done.


Soon after, Minori updated their website with the following message:


Starting on July 14, 2010, we at minori have started constructive negotiations with the people at NO NAME LOSERS. We don’t know what will result from this, but we would like to report our results to everyone in the not-too-distant future. For now, please wait for the time being. Thanks.


Meanwhile, NNL, too, have taken the contents of their website down and replaced it with a notice stating they are in talks with Minori’s CEO. While it’s a little far-fetched to hope that NNL could raise the money to pay Minori a licensing fee and actually acquire publishing rights to the Ef games, it is encouraging to see that Minori are interested in bringing their games overseas.

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  • I’m glad Minori is seeing the potential of interns (read: fan translators).

    I look forward to see more updates to this story.

  • Amazing what people can accomplish when they simply start talking to one another instead of screaming threats and insults back and forth, eh?

    • I much prefer the threats. Incredibly more entertaining and exciting.

      • Oh, Teh Dorama can be entertaining, don’t get me wrong. But it never results in anything constructive getting done, know what I mean? It’s always nice to see things getting finished for real, and every side ending up (somewhat) happy.

        • You’re right there. Can’t deny that! :)

  • Pichi

    I’m worried that NNL won’t have the necessary funds. If things don’t turn out well, I hope this signals to Minori that there might be a sizable market for their games, so they should try to get in touch with a company that does these sort of games and try to work something out there.

  • Will buy, kthanx

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