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Funimation, Bandai Entertainment Respond on Crunchyroll
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Posted 3/12/08 , edited 3/13/08
the North American distributor Funimation Entertainment has issued the following statement in response to news that the Crunchyroll video-streaming website has recevied US$4.05 million in venture capital funding:

EDIT: the news can be found here:

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-11/video-site-with-unauthorized-anime-gets-us$4m-venture

well moving on.


Funimation has been carefully monitoring the activities of crunchyroll.com for some time. Since 2006 Funimation has provided several letters notifying the site's operators of copyright infringement issues in connection with content that has been made available through this site. To date, crunchyroll.com has complied with FUNimation's demands to remove the applicable content.

The battle against unauthorized distribution of anime is a battle that Funimation cannot fight on its own. Without proactive and effective copyright policing and enforcement by those that control anime content, sites like this will continue to gain a reputation as outlets for free anime. If this happens, the entire anime industry will suffer, making the expensive and time consuming work of producing anime content for the U.S. market impossible. As we've stated before, we will continue to act in the best interests of our Japanese licensors — and that includes ensuring that our industry as a whole has a commercial future in the U.S.

Update: Another North American anime distributor, Bandai Entertainment, issued a press release just four hours later that said the company agrees with Funimation's stance:

Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it echoes Funimation's concerns over copyright infringement by sites that illegally stream anime.

Bandai Entertainment Inc. also informed the website crunchyroll.com to remove content that infringed on its copyrights and furthermore has been working with licensors in Japan, educating them about the pervasive illegal downloading and streaming of anime that has negatively impacted the market. Bandai Entertainment absolutely agrees with Funimation's assertion that this is an epidemic that will undermine the future of the anime business in Japan and the United States.

Bandai Entertainment Inc. will continue to work with other U.S. companies and Japanese licensors to fight against downloading and its negative impact on the US anime industry.


SOURCE : http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-12/funimation-responds-to-crunchyroll-us$4m-funding



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Posted 3/12/08
Kind of like a declaration of war huh?
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Posted 3/12/08
lol kinda does sound like war....
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Posted 3/12/08
So sometime during the future its gonna get really hard to watch anime, great...-.-
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27 / M / [PoT] Devil Akaya!
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Posted 3/12/08
their gay thats y LMAO
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27 / F / Corner of No and...
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Posted 3/12/08
Oh joy. as if finding/watching anime wasn't hard enough to begin with...
Posted 3/12/08
whatever... let them do as they like. they are just blowing off steam... like they can catch every one of us with their tiny manpower they have. let them declare war, and let's just see them eat their words in the end...
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Posted 3/12/08
O crap! time to fill up on terabytes worth of downloaded anime! Hurry people! Before its too laaaate!
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Posted 3/13/08
They don't know what anime fans can do. Let's just see in the end.
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Posted 3/13/08
We'll see. How many have anime in their hard drives and are willing to share?
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Posted 3/13/08
Well there is nothing they can do about a show that isn't licensed in America yet. If it's only in Japan, it's not illegal at all for us to watch it. If they try to make fansubs for unlicensed anime illegal, then they will be destroying a lot of the american anime fanbase.

So, it's really just about the shows these companies have dubbed, right?
I don't see what they are complaning about, shows have been removed due to licenses here, the only things you can find here now are fansubs for unlicensed anime.
I do see them going after Veoh though. I think if Veoh gets taken down, it will make a huge dent in online streaming anime. First Youtube was ruined by the 10-minute limitation and the very tight copyright laws. Then Stage6 shuts down for a different reason. I would say Veoh is the next really big taret for them. Then maybe Megavideo. If Veoh and Megavideo fall, and security on licensed anime gets tightened on crunchyroll, then it will become much harder for us to watch subs for licensed anime. But not impossible by any means. This is the Internet, people. After the current giant sites fall, there will be a new site born to take it's place. In the meantime, you can always download it. But that is always risky.

You guys got it right though, this sounds a lot like a declaration of war.
I thought it was ridiculous when people were sued and jailed for downloading music.
I swear, if someone gets in serious trouble for watching subbed anime, I'll flip.

I wouldn't worry though, this doesn't sound like anything new, just a bunch of people upset because their sales are not doing too good, and they should be.
If you really like a show, you should go buy the DVD. I buy DVDs for shows even if I already watched them all subbed, just so I can have it anywhere and support the show.
Can't wait for Code Geass DVDS!!
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Posted 3/13/08
They won't/couldn't wipe out all the unauthorized distributor, cause they're also their source of business, because without the unauthorized distributors not all of the animes they produce will be known.
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Posted 3/13/08

kenwil wrote:
- If this happens, the entire anime industry will suffer, making the expensive and time consuming work of producing anime content for the U.S. market impossible.
- and that includes ensuring that our industry as a whole has a commercial future in the U.S.
- and its negative impact on the US anime industry.


I have 2 more things to say/points to make.

You know, I really couldn't care less if the American Anime Industry falls apart and is destroyed. I know, dubs may sometimes suck, but they are important and the only way 90% of americans learn about new and different anime.
Well, I don't care. I'm selfish. It's all about me.
Personally, I learn about and watch anime as it comes out in Japan, as I am sure most of you do as well.
So, this doesn't really phase me much, I'm getting it directly from the country of origin, which is legal, by the way, until they bring it here.
There was something about their tone as well that I didn't like.
They made it seem like if the US anime market loses money because less people are buying their DVDs, then there will be no more anime and they are doing this for the fans to try and save the anime culture.
Which is BS, as we all know. They don't even make the anime, they just voice over it in another language. If the US anime market suffers from little profit, it will have no effect on the Japanese market, which is where anime really shines and comes from in the first place.

Besides, maybe if they want us to buy the DVDs, they will stop ripping us off.
Does anyone realize how seriously cheap it is for them to give us 4 episodes and call it a DVD and make us pay $20-30 for it?
I've bought full-season 24 episode DVDs for other live-action TV shows for about $50-60. That will only buy me 8 episodes in the anime DVD world. I'll have to pay around $200 if I want the whole series.
That is ridiculous, and that is why we download and stream even if it is available on DVD.

Like I said before, I do support the buying of the DVD. I do it for shows I like and suggest you do the same.
But until they stop ripping us off, I can't really argue against those that don't.
It's just another example of greedy marketing.
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Posted 3/13/08
then it's WAR!!! the hell with them and their sudden declarations!!
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Posted 3/13/08
we ally ourselves with anon and /b/ to fight this war lol....
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