Edited: Everyone, thank you very much for your kind, loving words! I was very sad before, but now I'm feeling so much better :D
As I said on Twitter too, I will not let those haters to keep me from doing what I like.
Thank you for your support!
I have just received a very hurtful comment from someone who told me that I was a "c*nt" for asking people not to steal my works when I steal other people's works myself.
So I feel I have to say something in my defence again.
■Firstly, the stories I have translated were all originally written by anonymous authors, mostly on 2channel.
You see them copied/pasted everywhere on the Japanese internet, for people to share and enjoy.
As far as I know, the unspoken rule is that you can make use of those stories in any way you like, as long as you don't use them for commercial purposes.
■Secondly, because the process of translation inevitably involves interpretation on the part of the translator, no two translations are exactly the same.
Just compare my translation entitled "Please Tell Me the Way" with another excellent translation of the same story done by the blog "怖い話." (Click on the links below to read them.)
Please Tell Me the Way
Directions (from 怖い話)
Both stories were translated from the same story, yet they differ considerably in terms of diction and presentation.
So I do not think it is overly presumptuous of me if I feel that my works have some kind of originality in themselves, even though they are translated works.
And of course, as I made it clear before, I would be happy to take down promptly any of these translated works upon the request of the original authors.
But I do not believe I am defiling their works or doing anything against their wishes.
As I have stated over and over before, I put a considerable effort into translating these stories and making them enjoyable to read for English-speaking readers.
I do not take money from anyone, I do it just for fun and I am not hurting anybody.
All I am asking is not to use my works without my permission.
If you want to share these stories with others, you can click on any of the share buttons at the bottom of the posts, or simply provide them the links to the posts.
I do not see why you feel the need to steal them.
If, even after you have read all that I have written, you still don't approve of what I do - well, it still would NOT give you the right to call me names.
Also it would NOT justify your action if you decided to steal my works either.
Please, everyone, don't send me any more unpleasant and unintelligent comments like that.
If you have questions or doubts about what I do, you can say them in a nice way.
You do not need to be so hostile.
Well, obviously the person who sent me that comment has some serious problems.
She or he is probably not a happy person. I feel nothing but pity for her/him.
Anyway, thank you for your audience and have a nice day! :)