« on: January 28, 2014, 01:32:23 am »
Pennywise and myself discussed this topic not all that long ago. I'm against repros for the most part.
First, what if there's an update to the hack/translation patch? There's no way to fix that error in reproduction without creating a new one.
Second, once money becomes involved, the gray areas get even grayer, and undo attention gets put onto people in the community, the majority of whom do this purely as a hobby, looking for no financial gain.
Third, the destruction of cartridges has always made me wince. There are a finite amount of them, and to destroy them, particularly when there are alternatives like flash carts has always rubbed me the wrong way. Even worse, in the event something goes wrong, or the hack/translation has some issue, you've basically ruined a cartridge for no reason at all.
Lastly, the fact of the matter is that the majority of people who have dealt in repros of fan translations have done so purely for profit, usually going against the specific wishes of the translation/hack's author(s).
I think it's admirable that the OP is at least taking the time to discuss this here, and if an agreement (not necessarily financial at all) can be reached with specific authors, then that's their business, but personally I'm pretty firm in my anti-reproduction cart stance.
I'm not speaking about making a few reproductions for yourself and friends of your own, or favorite hack/translation, that's on a much smaller scale, and people doing that are usually not doing so for profit. Even in that instance though, I still think flashcarts are the way to go, so that nothing has to be destroyed.