If you're reading this, you're probably wondering where my stories have gone. I've deleted my stories for the reasons listed below the line break. It was no easy task, especially taking down Sachiko. I know people will be sad, and it's gut-wrenching to be the cause of said thing, but I have happy memories of the first time I released it, and I hope many people can hold onto them, too.
I used to think fanart was legal, if you didn't make a profit from it, but apparently not, according to US law (unless the work is transformative or a parody. It's also legal if you're doing it for yourself without sharing it). According to the fanart video on Deviantart, even passing a picture that you drew of a copyrighted character to your friend in class is considered distribution! That amazed me. But doing something that's against the law doesn't sit well with me. That's brings me to my second reason: scanlations.
I did some research about scanlations and found out how they manage to get translations done so quickly: they depend on leaked material so that they can translate pages before the official release. Tite Kubo, author of Bleach, has received tweets from English-speaking fans asking about what happened in chapters before they were even released in Japan!
Yes, I read scanlations. I knew it wasn't altogether right. It was great because there was no way I could afford the volumes, and the day all the updates came out on was a highlight in my week. I'd been doing it for years, and everyone was doing it saying it was great publicity for manga; there was no way American/Europians would even get into manga without scanlations. Valid points and great when you want to ignore the hard-to-swallow truth. When I have money, I'm going to support my favourite authors and the industry that will host many of the next generation's managaka. I've stopped reading scanalations, three weeks ago, at the height of multiple arcs where many of my favourite characters are coming back into the story.