black★mage shooter writes about certain scanlation groups:
The thing that magnifies everything I hate about these groups is their policy of not allowing any of their scans on any online viewing sites.
This calls to mind the brouhaha over fanart last summer: makers of derivative works are desperate to squeeze credit from an audience that often won’t even give the original creative talent credit.
Of course, that hardly applies to all scanlators. But as a scanlator, you either deny the right of the creator to profit, or you believe you are providing free publicity for the creator that offsets any loss of profit from those who read your scans and don’t buy the product. In the former case, you can’t claim any right to profit yourself*; in the latter, you are limiting the potential audience and thus undermining your own cause.
*Gratification and notoriety are, it should be noted, economic goods. Profit is not necessarily monetary.