I don't support all the free comics I read Am I a bad person
Submitted by John on March 24, 2004 - 03:34
An argument against comic ripping programs (and one I completely understand) is that the claim that they don't support comic artists. How do they do this? Because they don't show a comic artists advertisements, which is a common form of revenue for cartoonists who create free comics.
It is argued by some that people who don't support the cartoonist by viewing advertisements shouldn't be viewing the webcomic.
So if I found other methods to avoid having to view the ads, such as joining a mailing list for Userfriendly, where someone goes to the index page, downloads the image, and then gives it away free for everyone who is on the mailing list. This would be bad because I'm not supporting the artist, by going to their website and downloading the comic myself.
Forgetting the legal issues, many claim it is morally wrong because I'm not viewing that advertisement which pays for the free comic. However many here, probably by accident, most likely don't view all the advertisements on some of their webcomics.
I'm talking about pop ups of course. Popups are hated by many, but despite this, some websites (including webcomic websites) use them in their advertisements. Making a new window appear that features the advert. By viewing that advertisement, I am supporting the cartoonist who has used them on his website. Which is the exact same thing I'm doing when I view other forms of advertising.
So are people who don't view popups via means of numerous programs, bad people because they're not supporting the cartoonist?
NOTE: Just because at the moment webcomic websites can't tell if you've blocked a popup doesn't make it any less morally wrong.