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Is it theft to read unauthorized translations of Japanese comics?

I'm in college, and many of my friends like to read Japanese comic books. English translations of these comics often take over a year to appear, so my friends instead read them on websites for free where fans download and translate them. I heard your podcast on "Friendships with Intellectual Property Pirates," but this situation seems different. I cannot say that they're ripping off the creator, since they couldn't pay even if they wanted to. Plus, it seems unreasonable to tell them to learn Japanese, although I did. Are they stealing? If so, what could they do instead? What could I say to persuade them?

Jorge Contreras , 18.08.2013, 21:30
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