I find it funny that, despite anything he might be doing, the best thing anyone has done so far is act like oppressed children and start petty little shitfits because some guy is making money off people stupid enough to pay for free shit.
Been reading around here for most of yesterday and today inbetween chapters of Battle Royale, and I have to say this entire site is laughable. From what I understand, some of the 'information' about him is falsified in the first place just for kicks, and is presented as serious and true fact. With this in mind, it makes me think how much more content has been fabricated conveniently through the genius anonymity of the internet. In fact, how can you prove you're not making it up in the first place? Usually when someone starts a campaign against something, they tend to have rock solid evidence of truth, but when this is already marred by 'joke' information and equally questionable 'sources'.
Let's not even get started on how laughable this entire concept is. Hating someone? On the internet? Really. Okay, I can believe that. Making a website to talk about it? Damn stupid and very immature. Get a grip, jesus.
As for this 'money making business' and 'stealing from scanlators', I'm sorry, I didn't realize that volunteers had a say in who does what with their product, especially when the product itself is stolen material. This is almost like going off saying you hate people that sell bootleg DVD's because you can download it free on the internet. Both have the same end result, only one costs money and the other doesn't, but they're both still illegal. In this case, the money being paid is in donations, regardless of whether or not they're going to the site, it's still money in support of the site and it's purposes. Even if he doesn't need the donations to afford site maintenance, donations can still be made out of appreciation for service. Ever tip a waitress? Exactly.
So he makes some money off his site, big whoop. Can you tell me that if you had a big, popular site with a lot of traffic and fans, that you wouldn't want to profit from it? I know some people say No because 'it's not the thing fans do.' Well, fans have living expenses for all their internet, computer, pizza and porn expenses, and I know I sure as hell hate spending hard earned money on meaningless, trivial shit, so why not make some free, easy money to blow around? Hell, even if you make a cent a click, with enough traffic you'd be able to have some sweet pocket change for supporting a habit. How great would it be to get paid for simply running a fansite? Getting paid for a hobby, and for serving other people, in your spare time? Does that really sound that bad? Not to me.
Sure, he makes a big fucking chunk of change, but he is human, and I don't care what he spends his money on. The site can pay for itself? Swell. Get an extra $30k out of it for nothing? Well, damn. I remember hearing that Jick, the administrator of Kingdom of Loathing, maintains the site, as well as supports himself nearly entirely from donations to the site. Must be pretty big numbers there, eh? Sure, it's obvious he puts work into his site, but in the end, both Jick and Tazmo make a good haul from their respective sites, despite how obviously different they are in purpose.
Anyway, I forget if there was anything else I wanted to comment on, so I'll cut this off here. Feel free to respond however you want, just don't give me any hogwash on morality. We're all stealing here, so we're already stained, and a piracy board isn't the place for a discussion on right and wrong in the first place. I'd also like to make note that I'm not affiliated with Tazmo either, so don't get any wrong impressions, I just fail to see what's so wrong about someone making a life for themselves out of a hobby that's illegal in the first place.
Peace and chicken grease.