Hello everyone. I’ve been trying to stop pirating media lately, since it is considered a form of stealing, and although I feel I’ve been doing fairly well, I have a couple of questions that have me at a bit of a loss.
The first pertains to an anime that I like. The series was never released in English. The original creators also did not create English subtitles. However, a fan group created English subtitles for the series. The series, with the subtitles edited in, is readily available online. However, I do not own a copy of the series, so I have stopped watching it. If I were to buy a copy of the series, then watched it online with the subtitles, would this still be viewed as piracy, or perhaps as some other sin, due to implicitly supporting the behavior of people who put up copyrighted content, without permission, for people to watch?
The second pertains to rare music. There are a couple of artists whose music I like, after having heard it on YouTube. However, as I doubt the people who put the music up had permission to do so, I have stopped listening to it there. I would buy their music, if I could find it for sale somewhere. For a variety of reasons, legal copies of their music are hard to come by (in fact, I believe that the music of one of them is totally out of print, and I suspect the music of the other might be the same.) In this situation, would it be considered permissible to listen to their music, wherever it can be found?