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The rule we always went buy at uni was that anything more than 10 % is plagarism, but with a zine sometimes that is a whole page. In this particular case though, if you had exhausted all the options, then I really don't see the harm.
A big thing for artists, authors, zine makers... is getting your name out there. If you like something enough that you want to give it to a friend, recommend it, then do so. Because that is how people have favourite artists, they see or read or hear their work.
Sharing is cool ;)
I've never thought about photocopying someone else's zine, and I'd be weirded out if I knew someone had copied mine. Once my zines go out of print, there is a reason I do not make more copies, and although I would appreciate the fact that someone liked my zine and wanted to share it, I would not be okay with them photocopying it.
This discussion thread has brought up an idea though, that of identifying the copy as such... [THIS IS AN UNAUTHORIZED COPY FOR EXHIBITION PURPOSES ONLY]...
...for the most part these are xeroxed zines, so that does beg the question of whether this should be a problem if no money is being made from it. That ol' Walter Benjamin thang... Margarat (1 member of GZAGG)
I recently made a pdf scan of a long-out-of-print zine to share with friends. Zines are historical documents, often representative of movements and cultures and tell their stories. It is important that they remain accessible. It wouldn't copy a zine that is currently in print without the zinester's permission (unless the zine states that it's okay, which many do). That's just my opinion.
I have to admit that I probably would've just copied it without thinking about it, considering it's just for a friend.