Nick Simmons' alleged plagiarism of Tite Kubo's manga Bleach, several different discussions started going around the manga blogging and tweeting world, including where to draw the lines on fanart and the irony of the fuhror over the plagiarism being brought to most peoples' attention via a scanlation community (a fact I failed to mention before, though I had intended to).
I'm not going to address every facet of the conversations here, because the point of this post is to get you guys reading something else! Specifically, Deb Aoki put together a huge post full of tweets and blog posts covering the entire conversation, from every angle.
I would also recommend reading Melinda Beasi's Confessions of a Former Scan Junkie, where she explains her own transition from scanlation fanatic to manga reviewer to, well, someone who's fed up with the justifications scanlation readers offer up.
I know plenty of you read scanlations regularly, and I couldn't honestly say that I haven't either. But do you think it's truly justifiable?
And then there's the fanart discussion-- is it okay to make money off of fanart, a la sellers in Artist's Alley? It's hard enough to make money as an artist and fanart sells more easily, and besides which, fan-made doujinshi is common enough in Japan as well, but does that make it okay, or is it only okay sometimes, and when?
Tough questions, folks-- I'm looking forward to your answers!