The following is originally from a larger discussion at http://www.digitalfaq.com/forum/vide...html#post18717
I wanted to add my comments to this thread, too, as it's on-topic...
Originally Posted by Blatte
Funny, because, I never found any service manual for free and always had to pay for it.
I'm not even sure than a service manual is supposed to be released for customers (that could explain, why it's always a pain to find). So too late, I paid for it...... but why don't share it with the community. It could even worth a premium user update
At one point in time, manuals were only available to authorized service centers. Through the years, however, as JVC no longer supported these aging VCRs, manuals were released online both by them and by the repair community. As that community has shrunk -- See many VCR repair shops lately?
-- the PDFs have been found "in the wild" on various websites (freebies like the now-dead Geocities.com, etc) and forums, usually shared by former broadcasters, video educators, repairmen, etc. PDF scrapers foraged the web for PDF files, much like email spam harvesting bots, and somebody in some foreign country (usually Russia, China, Pakistan) sorted them, slopped up an ad-filled website, and decided to gouge people with a pay access website.
That's NOT in the spirit of the initial sharing that even put these manuals online.
So every manual we can add here is one less dollar given to those unethical opportunist shysters.
That's the main reason downloading files and images from the forum requires a Free Member (minimum) account. We don't want to piss away bandwidth (thus bogging down site speed) so that scrapers can forage for files. These files are provided for the legitimate media community (both professional and consumer/amateur/hobby), not the online abusers of the world.