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Posted 9/11/08
Do you guys know that most of people here are lazy idiots who doesn't read every important post?
I have to say this because most of the people here are cursing shinji for doing nothing bad and also CR.

hey guys... get this reality straight... there are anime(s) that are not allowed to be shown for free because specific companies own them for profits... thus... its only normal for websites to NOT show such series(s)...
however there ARE those series(s) that are NOT LICENSED because nobody owns them... therefore u can watch them free online... that is the CORRECT way things SHOULD BE...

Licensed Anime

What is licensed anime?
Licensed anime is any series or movie (part or whole) for which the rights to publish the anime in a specific area have been bought. Simply put, if a company buys the rights to put an anime series or movie on TV and/or release it on DVD in the USA (in English), that anime series or movie is considered licensed anime by AnimeSuki. Note that of course it's also possible for anime series and movies to be licensed in other areas (such as Europe). Such licenses usually involve publishing in languages other than English though and therefore are of no interest to us.

The original purpose of fansubs
As recent as about 10 to 15 years ago anime was not easy to get outside of Asia. The few anime companies that existed could only bring out a few titles as they lacked the funds and the market for licensing more shows. To get more anime and also to encourage certain titles to get licensed in the US, some anime fans started to make fansubs: series which were taped of Japanese television with subtitles added. These fansubs were distributed on VHS tape. One of the self imposed rules the fansub groups adapted was that once a series was licensed in the US, distribution of the fansub should stop. After all, the fansub had served it's purpose.

Eventually the popularity of anime grew in the US and with it the market for anime grew, which in turn resulted in more money to be available to license even more shows. It is probably this reason why in the past few years more and more shows are getting licensed. The popularity of fansubs also grew explosively with the introduction of digisubs: digital fansubs which could be easily distributed over the internet.

Fansubs violate copyrights
We have to admit it: the distribution of fansubs is technically a violation of copyright under the WTO TRIPS agreement. However the TRIPS agreement does not demand that distribution of copyrighted material is a criminal offence unless it is done on a commercial scale. This means it is up to the copyright holder to bring the offender to court. The copyright of unlicensed material is held by the original creator. In the case of anime this usually means the Japanese distribution company. If something is licenced, the licensee holds the copyright and thus the right to sue any copyright infringers within the area covered by the license. (source: ato's forum post)

Up until now fansub groups have had little to worry about legal pressure from Japan. However US companies are more likely to sue, therefore it is an additional reason for fansub groups to stop distributing a series once it gets licensed in the US.

The future of fansubs
Whether fansubs have a future remains to be seen. David Williams of ADV Films recently mentioned at Anime Boston 2003: "One thing fans might not know is most shows are licensed now during the financing stage, before the show is even produced. This makes a lot of fansubs pointless now. Of course, there are still old shows that probably won't be licensed; but new shows are almost guaranteed."

Still some series might need some help to get popular. Would you buy Azumanga Daioh DVDs if you had have never heard about it? Fansubs probably helped this series and others gain popularity. Also as there is so much anime being created in Japan, there will usually always be some series which don't get licensed for some reason, like Boys Be or Kokoro Library.

It's not a perfect world
If you are wondering why you can still find fansubs of licensed shows (even of episodes aired after the show was licensed), the answer is that the world is not perfect. Certain fansub groups do not follow the general fansub ethics of ceasing the distribution and fansubbing of a show after it is licensed. AnimeSuki does not recommend downloading these files, but there is little we can do to stop them.
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If someone says,"FUCK,I STILL HATE THE LICENSING THING!"
Well.. good luck on your stupid idiotic life.
Posted 9/11/08
Thank you for stating the obvious.
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umm...

1% useful

99% waste of your time
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Posted 9/11/08

AnimeKami wrote:

umm...

1% useful

99% waste of your time


Thank you ranking Fuuta.
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Posted 9/11/08

ShiroyashaGS wrote:

Thank you for stating the obvious.


You're welcome Mr. Know it all. ^^
Posted 9/11/08
okay.....................???
Posted 9/11/08

Takashi_Higashi wrote:


ShiroyashaGS wrote:

Thank you for stating the obvious.


You're welcome Mr. Know it all. ^^


Oh, I'd rather have you welcome this instead.
http://wiki.crunchyroll.com/Licensing
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Posted 9/11/08 , edited 9/11/08
Waste of space its not like user here don't know that they just don't want anime getting license but they do know about this.
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Posted 9/11/08 , edited 9/11/08
then why can every other site see them hmm? dont tell me its cause they buy those episodes either

heres one right here

www.animemedia.com

thats probably WHY everyones getting frustrated because every other site DOES have licensed material
Posted 9/11/08 , edited 9/11/08
why post a thread? if people aren't smart enough to just wiki things they don't understand then there is no reason in giving them easy access >.>


Jakumishi_JOJO wrote:

then why can every other site see them hmm? dont tell me its cause they but those episodes either

heres one right here

www.animemedia.com


It's because those sites do not care if they get their asses sued.... so shut up -____-
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Posted 9/11/08 , edited 9/11/08

ShiroyashaGS wrote:


Takashi_Higashi wrote:


ShiroyashaGS wrote:

Thank you for stating the obvious.


You're welcome Mr. Know it all. ^^


Oh, I'd rather have you welcome this instead.
http://wiki.crunchyroll.com/Licensing


Do you think most of the people here could read that becuase of they're laziness?
Hmmm.... Obviously not :S
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Takashi_Higashi wrote:

Do you guys know that most of people here are lazy idiots who doesn't read every important post?
I have to say this because most of the people here are cursing shinji for doing nothing bad and also CR.


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-Athrine- wrote:

Waste of space its not like user here don't know that they just don't want anime getting license but they do know about this.


Most of them also doesn't know this.
Posted 9/11/08

LenaIeeXAllen wrote:

okay.....................???


In a nutshell...

Copyright = Protecting the original Material
Copyright infringement = occurs when a person copies a copyrighted work
Fansubbing a licensed material = Copyright infringment in a way

Stated by Berne Convention....
"Translations, adaptations, arrangements of music and other alterations of a literary or artistic work shall be protected as original works without prejudice to the copyright in the original work."
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Posted 9/11/08
are we suppose to reply or something? there is no question
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