Japan: go ahead and post TV shows online, just pay royalties
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Posted 5/28/07 , edited 5/28/07
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http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/05/28/japan-go-ahead-and-post-tv-shows-online-just-pay-royalties/


The Intellectual Property Rights Policy Work Group is expected to issue its recommendation this week. If adopted, anyone would be allowed to post television programs online without permission of the content owner. But anyone who uploads such video would be required by law to pay a royalty to the content owner.


This is interesting. Essentially this looks like it would allow Crunchyroll to post even licensed anime (assuming it just uses fansubs) without fear of reprisals from domestic companies. Thoughts?

Edit: The question would be, how would Crunchyroll generate the funds to pay for both the server costs and the royalties? Would a pay subscription be something the admins would consider?
Posted 5/28/07
Honestly, I think this site should divide a bit because of its size. The free people would like to continue to watch unlicensed anime, and those who could afford it would like more diverse content. Completely ignoring my desire for for CR to build a "big kids" section, I think that an economic division in this site would breathe new life into some of the more bloated sections.
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The problem with splitting along licensed/unlicensed lines is that the royalties go to the Japanese content provider, not the American. So choosing only to send royalties to Japanese content providers who have content licensed for use in the states would be hard to justify.

I agree though, that a pay version would be a good idea, even just to help the basic bandwidth costs.
Posted 5/28/07

Wolfrider wrote:

The problem with splitting along licensed/unlicensed lines is that the royalties go to the Japanese content provider, not the American. So choosing only to send royalties to Japanese content providers who have content licensed for use in the states would be hard to justify.

I agree though, that a pay version would be a good idea, even just to help the basic bandwidth costs.


I think your right about a pay version for people who would want to pay, but really what would there advantage be? I mean sure it would be awesome to help Shinji, but lets face it, money doesn't grow on trees. I actually don't know what kind of tree it actually comes FROM, but that is a whole diffrent story.

However you got a good idea, you should post it in the suggestion fourm, I am sure you could get their attentions with that plan.
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Posted 5/28/07
We could have a "Pay for this series if you want it back" thing. Not all should be revived on CR, but some should. So it's a "pay if you want it" thing. It can stay up for however long the royalties last, (ummm if they have limits?).
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That's actually a really good idea. It could be donations based and as long as the donations for the royalties on a series hold out we could keep it up.
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Crunchy removes series when it is licensed, so you can just get a netflix or blockbuster account or buy the liscenced anime when it is no longer available.

You can get plenty from netflix...between that and crunchyroll I'm happy.
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Pirates always owns, In the anime I mean.
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