This is an announcement for international scanlators who are using other groups' English scanlations as base for their releases.
Lately, there have been too many cases where international groups didn't follow the requests from the original English scanlators for the usage of their releases. Some groups are nice enough to allow you to use their cleans as base, so be sure to fulfill their requests. It's not hard at all really.What do I need to do if I want to use others' releases as base?
1. Ask for permission!
Unless you get prior permission or the group states somewhere (like in their credits page) that you may use their releases as base, please don't use their releases. That's considered stealing.
2. Credit them!
They're the ones who cleaned the chapters, you're just erasing the texts and replacing them with your language. So all the credits for the cleaning should go to them instead.How do I credit them?
Different groups have different requests on this. Some groups only require you to credit them by just mentioning them in your credits page. But, for the sake of getting this right, please just include the original credit page along with your releases.
Which means, take the unmodified original credits page of the English scanlation, and include it in your international release, along with your own credits page.
Some groups (eg: Binktopia) made this a mandatory. For mandatory cases like this, the international releases will have to comply to be available on MH, no exceptions. Releases which don't meet the request will be deleted and warned, and might lead you to a ban (either members of the group, the group itself, or both).
Before I end this news post, I can't stress enough the importance of asking permissions and fulfilling the original scanlator requests. Thank you for your cooperation.Tips:
Unsure on what to do? Contact the original scanlator first and ask them on what to do. You can go to their group page and PM the leader (or any members listed there) to ask. (Or any other methods for that matter, emails or IRC channels, as long as you can reach them).