*All the same i will kill you all,Gaara* (yes i made my own siggy
Fansubs are, in fact, completely ILLEGAL.
So is cosplay. So is doujinshi. So is fanfic. So is scanning artbooks. So is creating fanart.
These things all exist in our fandom because the industry turns the other cheek. Unfortunately, some fans have gotten the wrong message and believe that "unenforced" laws means "nonexistant" laws.
Seriously. Do your research. Here, I'll help get you started:
Legality of Fansubs - Anime News Network
Fansubs 3: what cost piracy? how badly does illegal downloading hurt movie studios?
Licensing and Fansubs :: Guides :: Boys on Boys on Film
Anime industry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They are, however, stuck in a realm of international/digital limbo that makes the laws that make them illegal difficult to enforce.
It's amazing the lengths to which people will go to fool themselves into thinking a purely selfish act is somehow right O_o;
I'm not saying you shouldn't consume them any more than I would tell people not to download mp3s from the internet... that's your own choice to make. But don't lie to yourself (and others) about the morality or legal status of the issue.
Be a man and admit your piracy like the rest of us.
I bumpedded my head 98% of AO members are yaoi or lollicon fans. NOT. where all 100% anime fans GO ANIME, ANIME YAHHH
fansubs problem is just a small peak of the iceberg. compare to movie bootleg and other bootleg.
tsurara said be a man and admit your doing it instead of justyfying your self making sound like your complety innocent even tho your getting it off your friends and burning it/ripping it(your only fooling your self saying otherwise.)