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TELL ME THIS IS A FAKE!
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read it and weep guys..unless its really a lie. which well, i dont think so nemore.

taken from the site:
http://beyondasiaphilia.wordpress.com/2009/01/06/the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it-crunchyroll-deletes-user-uploaded-files/



Social Media Bootcamp
for PR Professionals Taught by
Sally Falkow, February 2009
www.infocomgroup.net/socialM





The new year brought an unwelcome surprise to the 4.8 million people who belong to the on-line video streaming site crunchyroll.com, sometimes referred to as the Asian youtube (though it was founded by UC Berkeley undergrads and it’s based in San Francisco). Since its launch in 2006 until Jan. 1, 2009 the site had hosted music and games as well as literally thousands of films, anime, and Asian dramas. Almost all of its content was illegally uploaded by members, meaning that anyone could stream from a huge selection of material at absolutely no cost. As expected from such a massive, unrestricted site, depending on the source material and the skill of the uploader, image quality ranged from good to crappy.

For example, due to the ineptitude of the member who posted it, the site’s version of Exiled had Mandarin and Cantonese audio tracks running




Gratuitous Francis Ng pic, Exiled, 2006

simultaneously, which led to a surreal viewing experience to say the least. Other movies had serious sync problems or were uploaded from vcds, but almost all of the material had English subs and the streaming was fast and reliable, so it was a great place to indulge in a lot of no-cost Asian movie watching. (In contrast, watching a non-subbed movie on youku.com, the Chinese-language streaming site, is slow torture. Aside from the language barrier, the site streams like cold molasses and a ninety-minute movie can take twice that to get through.)

Free is always a good price and I can attest to crunchyroll’s addictive quality–it enabled my Francis Ng binge from last month and I was able to watch at least a dozen of his movies, including a couple not yet available in the US on dvd such as Shamo and One Last Dance. I was also able to wallow in all 35 episodes of one of Francis’s turgid HK melodramas, The Great Adventurer, wasting a week of my life wending through its labyrinthine storyline.

Crunchyroll’s dilemma began when the site started offering higher quality streams for members who “donated” six dollars per month. Because of its legal murkiness, this opened the site to potential licensing lawsuits, as it began profiting from copyrighted materials it didn’t own. Suddenly it wasn’t one big happy filesharing family—with nearly 5 million members someone was making some coin, and the site recently made moves to correct this possible legal sinkhole. No doubt realizing the thin ice such flagrant copyright violations implied, at the start of 2009 crunchyroll purged its entire stock of non-licensed programming and began to host only legally licensed shows. Gone were all of the Korean, Hong Kong, and Japanese soap operas, the extensive library of films and anime, and everything else that made the site imperative for obsessive Asian media-watchers. As expected, most of the membership let out a collective shriek, but in order to further cover its ass legally, the site will likely not add back those titles. It’s instead instituted a subscription system that, in cooperation with anime distributors, will allow paying customers to selectively view whatever shows the site can license.

As for those of us who gorged on free movies and dramas, the ride is over. Of course it was too good to last—I’m glad I was able to enjoy it while I could. Here’s hoping another similar site crops up soon.

UPDATE: Oops, busted! Looks like Huayi Bros, the big-time Chinese film producer and distributor, is going after several Chinese-language sites for illegally hosting the brand new Mainland China film, If You Are The One, which was released on Dec. 18 and has already hit the intertubes. Named in the lawsuit are Sina.com, Sohu.com, Youku.com, Tudou.com and VOC. Maybe crunchyroll pulled out of the illegal filesharing game just in time.

UPDATE 2: Interesting analysis here about how China’s latest crackdown on Internet smut may be a harbinger of larger things to come. Good discussion of the issue in relation to the recession, politics and the social compact of China’s economic boom.

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Posted 1/17/09
People will always find a way to get these videos on the internet. There will probably always be video sites you can watch free dramas and movies on.

And the movie Exiled is dubbed in both Mandarin and Cantonese simultaneously in just about every version on the internet. I can't find one with just one language.
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Oh well, there really isn't a reason for me to visit Crunchyroll much anymore. I was hoping this was a lie, but if you look in the Drama index, only those titles who have the little orange tv next to them are available for viewing. There are about 10. Oh Well! I really enjoyed this site & all the movies & dramas I watched...
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Posted 1/17/09
Not all the movie titles with a tv next to them are available...for example, condor heroes has no videos in there. And it's weird how "My wife is a gangster" I and III are not licensed and you can watch them, but II is licensed and no video there.
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Posted 1/17/09
another site will pop up soon. all we need is just a little patience
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Posted 1/17/09

badfishnat17 wrote:

another site will pop up soon. all we need is just a little patience


i agree
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27 / F / hawaii
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Posted 1/17/09
mayyynn!
crunchyroll was awesome!

well i guess there is a lot of other sites and i hope a new one thats better will come out soon!
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ok so I didn't know that they are removing stuff here so I checked the index of drama kinda shocking,,, so sad though,, cause I've been using this site for quite sometime now,, and made friends too,, well another site would probably pop-up. and people would think of ways to put vids on the net..
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Posted 1/17/09
i hope shinji would answer this issue.
and i hope that it`s just a lie to not uploading the dramas and the movies.

damn...i love crunchyroll!
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Posted 1/17/09
eh.. i loved this site
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24 / F / KorOnaDal ciTy, P...
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Posted 1/17/09
i loved this site...
oh well...
gotta face the facts..
i don't even log in as frequently as i used to...
Posted 1/17/09
Lets just enjoy the tea and relaxe ^_^ soon is the word
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33 / F / macau
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Posted 1/17/09
i just found crunchyroll a few months ago and now its going to be busted....can someone update everyone if there gonna be a same site like this.tnx
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Honestly, CR has already posted information about their changes. CR said that they were getting rid of the illegal stuff in hopes of getting the legal rights to distribute them (in higher quality). So, you have a choice. You can believe what CR has said or you can believe what other people said.

So, sorry. Things are being taken down. But, though people usually don't talk about this, things are being put up. So, anyone saying "CR" sucks... well, I think differently. CR is awesome for attempting to provide for the users in a non-illegal way.
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Posted 1/21/09
So sad! I'll have to look for other website again. I thought CR was perfect!
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