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-THE REASON WHY FANSUBBERS STOPPED SUBBING KATEIKYOUSHI HITMAN REBORN-
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Last week, Funimation exercised a power-of-attorney agreement to remove online fansubbed videos of Monochrome Factor, Nabari no Ou, and Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (pictured at right) on behalf of d-rights, the Japanese production company of these anime titles. Funimation and d-rights' agreement also covers Bamboo Blade and El Cazador de la Bruja.

The power-of-attorney agreement does not necessarily mean that these titles have a North American video distributor, but the agreement does enforce d-rights' existing worldwide copyrights for these series. Funimation has a separate power-of-attorney agreement for Slayers Revolution on behalf of Enoki Films, Ltd. Funimation sent notices on behalf of the anime studio Gonzo for Romeo × Juliet, Bokurano, and other Gonzo titles between last year and this year. Funimation eventually acquired Romeo × Juliet for North American distribution this year, but a North American distributor for Bokurano has not been announced.

Update: Funimation issued the following statement on August 18:

We can confirm that FUNimation Entertainment has obtained has obtained an agreement authorizing FUNimation to act on behalf of d-rights and Enoki Films, Ltd. to prevent infringement on specific titles.

The authorization agreement for d-rights is for 5 series in total:

Monochrome Factor

Nabari no Ou

Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!

Bamboo Blade

El Cazador de la Bruja

We also have an authorization agreement for Enoki Films Ltd for Slayers Revolution.

Though these series have not been licensed to a local distributor in North America, it is important to note that the rights owned by Japanese producers are still applicable, and enforceable, worldwide.

Industry watchers and anime fans have long known our stance on the unauthorized distribution of anime, especially prior to localization. The practices of illegal downloads and 'fansubbing' are very harmful to our Japanese partners and as part of the longstanding relationship between FUNimation and d-rights and Enoki Films, we have been asked to monitor and take action against unauthorized distribution of these titles. Because we believe that this will benefit the industry, we have agreed to do so.

source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-08-11/3-titles-fansubs-pulled-on-behalf-of-japan-d-rights

what do you think guys??
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Posted 1/2/09
for me...
i'm really disappointed about this matter...

what do you think??
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Oh fuck.
If this deems successful, its an end for fan subbing all together as I'm sure other companies are gonna follow in Funimations foot steps.
But that's if worst comes to worst.
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Meh what are you gonna do
can't do anything about it now
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but Reborn does suck...(stupid new arc)
Posted 1/2/09
Isn't this old news?
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o_O I don't care really... ._. But I feel sad now... ;A; Nabari No Ou... ._. Well at least its going to be known by my friends 83
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Reborn does seem to be a bit drawn out, doesn't it. They could have made a much shorter, equally funny anime using the same plot line. As to licensing, the reason why so many are getting pulled honestly is probably the poor economy. While we may not be feeling it as badly in the US. Other countries are not so lucky. This is a serious situation and as a result things that are going to obviously cost companies money, especially a lot of money such as fan subbing, are being dealt with quickly in order to ultimately increase the bottomline. It it is probably only temporary and it shouldn't be too long before everything straightens out but you wouldn't want the production companies to go under because you don't want to pay for the anime and would rather watch it for free. ( this statement obviously pertains to countries where the anime is available for purchase. I am aware there are countries that can not get the titles. ) CR is taking a huge step to helping people who can't afford or can't get anime by offering stuff that is legit and they are working constantly to add more companies and more shows. We probably won't see a lot of FUNimation here because of the fact that they have partnered up with HULU in order to offer streaming shows, they offer episodes on their site, download to purchase and they have a cable channel or sat channel I believe. But that doesn't stop other producers from joining up. I personally would love to see CR get this anime legit for streaming along with a huge list of other ones.
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oh...that sucks
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really doesnt matter to me i know japanese so im cool. as long as i can see the raw version im good to go lol
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Nabari No Ou and Bamboo blade are both over so it really doesn't matter to me

as for hitman reborn! the fansubs were slow anyway so who cares? They were so slow i just decided to read the manga instead
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old news...Doesn't matter much to me
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wow that is defiantly old news that was posted on ANN in the summer I think
Posted 1/2/09
Funimation are a bunch of money grubbing fags.

If I could, I'll hire an assassin to take 'em all out.

Who needs dubs anyway? (you deaf kids can go lean japanese, k bye)
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I like Reborn! Damn them but Nabari sucked so im not bothered about that...
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