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Fractal Production Committe Halts Funimation Simulcast
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Posted 1/20/11 , edited 1/24/11
The article at ANN regarding this matter:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-19/fractale-production-committee-halts-n-american-simulcast

In a nutshell, the Fractale Production Committee has decided the best response to illegal copies of their program on the internet is to order a halt to the only legal stream in North America until "Funimation eliminates unauthorized videos of the anime on the Internet — including streaming sites, file-sharing networks, and file servers".

To be clear, it was clarified in an ANN forum post by a Funimation representative that this does not simply refer to copies that may have been ripped from Funimation's site, but all of them. In other words, even if it was made from a raw recorded in Japan, with subs independent of those on Funimation's site being added, Funimation is still tasked with getting rid of it.

One can only hope that none of the production committees for shows on Crunchroll are infected with such "brilliant" logic.


UPDATE 01/24/2011 @ 10:06 AM CST:

The simulcast will be returning later today:
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-24/funimation/fractale-simulcast-returns-on-monday
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Posted 1/20/11 , edited 1/20/11
Fuck the production committee. You can't ask a anime distributor to stop piracy. That's just absurd. Even my 12 year old little brother knows that this is absurd. I wonder even the committee members even have a brain at all.
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Posted 1/20/11
At least it is not Crunchyroll.
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Posted 1/20/11
Hahahaha what idiots those Fractale producers are, like thats going to work lol.
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What a bunch of morons. You cant have one company stop illegal copywrite for your show. I hope other company's dont follow suit.
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Posted 1/20/11 , edited 1/20/11
If this is their way of handling the issue then they should get outta the anime business entirely. That'll show those illegal downloaders who's boss.

Looks like I'm just going to have to watch a fansub of it then. It's not as if they're blaming the Japanese fans for distribution.
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Posted 1/20/11
-__- I'm going to watch it illegally then 'cause I don't really care for legal streaming. Especially if I can find the show in better quality. This is a waist of time and money for the FPC.
Posted 1/20/11
Yeah, let's see how that works out.
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Who knows maybe Wandering Son is getting more money from Crunchyroll than Fractale committee is getting from Funimation? It seems Crunchyroll is dominating on streaming. Maybe Crunchyrolls pay rates have gone up, so Fractale is somehow doing this as a play for more money.
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Posted 1/20/11
No, it's more likely that the production committee actually believes that they can get someone else to protect their interests for them. On their own dime. Of course, if I were Funimation, I'd not only tell them No, but I'd let them know that this is the last time we'd be doing business together. You can't change the terms of a deal in the middle of its execution without there being dire consequences.
Posted 1/20/11
Honestly, it's forcing the legal stream watchers to resort to illegal means. This is complete bullshit, it will take a while to get rid of ALL the illegal copies. I don't see how they plan to get rid of all the illegal copies. Asking fansubbers or pirates (piraters?) simply won't work unless they respect the industry.
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You don't want people watching the show illegally so you put a stop to the only legal source of it......frankly that seems self-defeating.

Governments can't police the internet what makes them think a single company can?

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Posted 1/20/11
At least the French can still watch the series, FPC is allowing the French to simulcast the Fractale series, while they make Funimation do the work of getting rid of the English-subbed illegal rips.

Here's what I mean: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-01-20/fractale-french-simulcast-still-continues

Already, there are some people who are very angry with FPC, but this is ridiculous. I would say that Funimation should publicly announce that they will not license Fractale or continue the simulcast even if they somehow get the illegal videos to be removed. I would also hope that an English-speaking licensing company not do any business with FPC because of this.

The Fractale Production Committee is pretty much committing career suicide with their impossible demand that Funimation go after the pirates.
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Greylurker wrote:



You don't want people watching the show illegally so you put a stop to the only legal source of it......frankly that seems self-defeating.

Governments can't police the internet what makes them think a single company can?



^This. I find it odd that they suddenly got upset over this anime being pirated though. Its not like its extremely popular or anything.
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