Explanation on current events
You were wanting a post describing what is going on about the document that has been leaked. Well, here it is.
Before that though, let me take a minute to remind you what MH stands for. That is respect to those that create something.
In any and all cases of scanlation or translation stealing we have taken swift action to resolve the issue. From going to other sites to request - to banning the group/people/individual responsible. Why? Because we respect the work that people put into each thing they do.
The document posted was us presenting an opportunity for a great publisher to work with what we believe are the greatest fans they have. Each week fans of all kinds of manga dedicate their time, effort, and energy to help let others enjoy manga. That is the solid reason why MangaHelpers' name is Manga Helpers. People helping others enjoy it. With this in mind, along with Crunchyroll's successful business model we created that draft. As you can see from spelling errors, grammar mistakes and the likes, it is still in a very VERY rough form (that means draft) and extremely far from presentable. Why it was leaked at such a state is beyond me, and yet is has. And we are dealing with it.
The goal behind presenting that document to a company was so that we can promote the fans -- not their work. We wanted to create a bridge between publisher and fan (scanlator - translator - artist) to help everyone work together and not only make online distribution legitimate, but to increase the amount of released manga by promoting the talented translators, editors and artists we have at MH. Through working with them, perhaps faster and better quality raws would have been do-able (like Crunchyroll and their episodes). Or even professional translators helping out other translators on the site -- sharing their experience and know how. By making what fans are doing legitimate, or at least finding a medium, we could have progressed so much further than being pirates leeching from the publishers.
Our goal was to find a way to support the publishers while keeping the fans -- community -- and those that work hard each week satisfied. Has this leak changed things? Probably so. As a result, when online distribution comes, chances are it'll be no different from anything in the past. Not saying that it's a bad thing, but it could be so much better.
In the end, all we were working for was a better place for everyone to enjoy the surreal worlds each manga introduces us to. In the end, we wanted to do good for everyone. Maybe, miraculously, something good may still come of all of this.
For now, that is all we have to say.
Taylor, Founder of MangaHelpers.
P.S. Just so we are crystal clear on this: As I stated in the opening, we respect everyone and the work they do. There were no plans for handing over any translations - scanlations or art that was released here. Our goal was for those that want to work with the official companies to have an easier shot at getting recognized. So anything and everything would be voluntary.
Again LET me reinstate.
Absolutely NO work from anyone - come Translator - Scanlator - or Artist will be used without their written permission. We have never, nor will we ever take anything from any fan contributing without them agreeing it is OK to be used.
That has always and will always be the way MH is run.
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