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Funimation, Bandai Entertainment Respond on Crunchyroll
Posted 3/13/08
There never going to win this war.
Posted 3/13/08
as long as CR doesn't break any laws, they can't do anything, not unless they plan on licensing everything.
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Well, they're certainly tearing us a new one over here: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=53210 Not that those people have EVER been moderate about anything but... :\

To be honest, though, I don't see the problem here. They license something, the site removes it, end of story.

I realize that there's a certain... Element... On here that's too cheap to ever buy their own DVDs and just want stuff for free and they really are a problem... And I really wish Shinji would answer the critics about the whole, "for profit" question... However... I would prefer that the site not go down for one reason and one reason alone. Because it provides material that is not only unlicensed but hard to come by, even on torrents and IIRC, which would otherwise be COMPLETELY unavailable to anyone and has little chance of ever being licensed. Perhaps if the site refocused on those sorts of programs and dropped out of the Bleach/Naruto game, it might receive less criticism.

As for me... I buy DVDs. I but a LOT of DVDs. I DO support the American anime industry. I just wish it supported me back a little. :p I don't care about "rip-off" prices and what not because I make a fairly good living and can afford them easily. What troubles me is that less and less of the shows I WANT to see are getting picked up with older series bound to NEVER be released officially and for those I NEED CR. I'll bet out of all the people criticizing the site over on Anime News Network, not one probably ever bought a single copy of Mazinkaiser, Shin Getter, or Neo Getter when they were available. I doubt those bastards have even HEARD of those shows and since people like them are the majority of the market, companies will not listen to my cries so until someone heeds my calls and gives the me the opportunity to BUY my favorite shows LEGALLY, I'll stand by CR to the end! :)

Oh, and to any Funimation Moles in the audience... You want more of my money? Hurry it up with the localization of Re: Cutie Honey and get me Galaxy Railways Season 2 and OAV. Bandai? How about of those old awesome Sunrise shows, eh? You guys own a lot of my favorite series so give me a legal alley and I'll take it. Don't? I'll stay here. :p

And that's my 2 cents. XD
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Posted 3/13/08
in ur dream, nobody wanna spend that much money to buy anime.If i cant dl or stream anime anymore then the internet is almost useless to me. Then juz shut the whole network down baka
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Posted 3/13/08
wtf so they use that tone even when crunchyroll removes licenced anime, do they have a huge stick up their collective asses or what?
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Posted 3/13/08
uhmm what the meaning of LMAO? just askin..
Posted 3/13/08

kenwil wrote:

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:

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



your opinions on this please


what do you mean by "Crunchyroll video-streaming website has recevied US$4.05 million in venture capital funding"

does that mean shinji is a millionaire now?
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Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08

mangoku wrote:


kenwil wrote:

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:

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



your opinions on this please


what do you mean by "Crunchyroll video-streaming website has recevied US$4.05 million in venture capital funding"

does that mean shinji is a millionaire now?


oops sorry for not mentioning that,

well about the US%4.05 million in capital funding

it is said so right here :
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-11/video-site-with-unauthorized-anime-gets-us$4m-venture

Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08

kenwil wrote:


mangoku wrote:


kenwil wrote:

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:

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



your opinions on this please


what do you mean by "Crunchyroll video-streaming website has recevied US$4.05 million in venture capital funding"

does that mean shinji is a millionaire now?


oops sorry for not mentioning that,

well about the US%4.05 million in capital funding

it is said so right here :
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-03-11/video-site-with-unauthorized-anime-gets-us$4m-venture



nice article.....so crunchyroll is getting authorised video streams....crunchy FTW!!!
Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08
War Declaration .
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I think if the American bussiness dun like it, then they should just stay away from anime all together. Who needs their stupid crap dub anyways, anime is better off just subbed. As far as i am concerned, they should just keep airing their re-runs of Simpsons and such
Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08
If it's licensed, we'll delete it. Simple as that people. Mod's should really tighten their grip on licensed Anime instead of letting it slide for months, that' probably the reason why those companies are so provoked by CR....XP

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Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08
I dislike some of the attitudes that this forum has towards the American Anime Industry. I could also care less about those who defend illegal activity. CR, has been good to me....allowing me to watch news shows...but should we be pointing the finger at CR or those fansubbers who still distrubute licensed anime torrents. As for myself, I support the American Anime Industry because I am not so cheap to DL things for free.

As long as CR takes down llicensed shows, things should be alright.....
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Posted 3/13/08 , edited 4/20/08
people and their money...its just a matter of time before things change, gl
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Oh no!!! Lots of people's life who depend on animes will be ruined once more just like how they did it to YouTube
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