This is kind of a debate thread but please remember to be civil.
As we all know, when someone wants to translate or upload your works they MUST ALWAYS ASK OWNER’S PERMISSION OR CHECK COMPANY’S GUIDELINE which is simple and easy, right?
If you’re a Anime or Manga/Webtoon fan then you would know there’s fan scan/translation and upload their works in ‘unofficial’ sites (you know what I mean ‘unofficial’ ).
What is Fan scan/translation?
A Fan scan/translation is when they take the original raw comic and does translation to English (mostly) or whatever language for free and no cost to read. It’s more than translate though. They do cleaning and all the other stuff to make the chapters look good and sometimes ask for donations but I’m not too much knowledgeable nor explaining everything.
It’s not just comics but they also work on Asian novels as well.
Maybe some of you have also faced someone translating your works without knowing (or have asked your permission) or you’ve seen there’s PDF or some ‘unofficial’ sites that has Harry Potter (and other different published works) online for free.
There are also users uploading the contents not just WP but any site, credit to the original author, not doing for profit but sharing, all without asking or letting author know. (Note: Majority is like that but some do ask and the author permits it so not everyone violates. Just mostly do )
The reason I’m posting this is because there’s debate in manga/Asian novel community about benefits vs illegal.
While it is illegal, no, it really is illegal, there’s people who stated they knew these works from the unofficial sites/fans translation first and then buy the real works or consider if it’s worth it. Some also complained that the official companies who translate works are slow and bad that they prefer the fan scan (but ignore that one). All in all, some thinks that without pirating they wouldn’t know the comic/novels in the first place which leads to not supporting or gaining new fans to the author.
Here’s one of the article and comment thread is below (click on ‘Discuss this in the forum’)
Just to be clear, this isn’t about the Asian stuffs. This is about how people uploading and crediting authors but not doing the right and violating way does in someway benefit you (Author/Artist) and your works or it’s wrong all the same and they need to dealt with for breaking copyright law?
tl;dr: Debate is, do people/‘unofficial’ sites uploading Authors/Artists’ work (with translation or not) not for money but to highlight their name and plot is somewhat beneficial or plain wrong?