Ignoring the fact that the thread topic is a joke, scanlating/fansubbing is illegal regardless of whether it is locally licensed*. The distinction is twofold, though: first, when not locally licensed, there is much less reason for the copyright holder to pursue litigation against a scanlater/fansubber—they're not getting revenue from that area anyway. Secondly, and hopefully more importantly, it is generally accepted as less unethical to infringe on someone's copyright in order to distribute it somewhere where it is not currently available, as opposed to distributing it somewhere where it is already available (or will soon become available) and taking revenue away from the creator/distributor/etc.
Originally Posted by secret_toad
*: There are some exceptions, mostly involving countries that do not follow the Berne convention. Since nearly all nations are members of the WTO, and the TRIPS agreement requires even non-members of the Berne convention to follow most rules of that convention, for nearly all intents and purposes the statement holds true.
Last edited by Kagetenshi; 04-04-2006 at 12:10 PM.
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