Need help in understanding licensing limitations
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Posted 4/21/11
First of all, sorry for my bad eng and i hope u understand me anyway

Ive figgured out that its like the DvDs u sometimes buy, thay have area code and other anoying stuff, ur dvd player wont play all the dvd u buy.

So what i whant to know is WHY this exist and HOW dose it work?
Who do u guys ask for permissions.
The reason we pay for this place is so that we whant to watch anime, always thought that money whent for the licens or other anime related stuff,
i think at least,
have no clue.

information, givef givef givef :D

ty for a great site othterwise, can watch most of the animei whant to and there are probably a dosen more ive missed.

(p.s i whanna se blue exorsist, swe d.s)
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27 / M / Louisville, KY
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Posted 4/23/11
DVDs work everywhere, don't know what you're talking about. Your DVD player will play ALL the DVD you buy. They don't control which countries get licenses. The people who give them streaming rights tell them that X countries can watch and Y countries can not. It has to do with your country. Your area doesn't want to work with X show and pay them for their streaming rights so they limit your access. It's not CR controlling this limitations. Like United States pays for every Anime because it is so popular here. Places such as Sweden is probably not as popular as it is here. So, they aren't paid the amount of money they want.
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Posted 4/23/11 , edited 4/23/11
DVD's do have region codes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code

A DVD can be released region free but studios mostly hate do do that.
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Posted 4/23/11
Either way, Blue Exorcist is horrible. You're not missing much. I don't even know what the other things stand for.
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Posted 4/23/11
Firstly dvd region codes. When a film is made generally its owned by a single company, in example time warner.

They then release the DVD in various countries, however certain countries may have different rules on age ratings, what is allowed etc, different languages, or if its a smaller company different distributers as well as costs.

Part of the region code problem is that well. As an example, I could order an entire anime series from USA for $X generally it would cost me on average twice as much to buy them in the UK. Even if i include shipping prices. Although some DVD players are region free, most of them aren't still (unless its your PC in which case you're fine)

As for the anime, well its kind of the same. When an anime is made in japan its made by its core company, example could be Clamp.

Once the anime is made in japan its then licensed to other parts of the world, through various other companies, so Viz may get the anime in america, they would then make subs and dubs before releasing it either on dvd or to TV.

But there are other companies out there like 4kids.

NOW

When anime goes on crunchyroll its basically a redistribution from (correct me if i'm wrong) the japanese companies, and Viz. They air the anime using Viz subs and the original japanese animation. Viz and the japanese get money, and Viz gets more sales since people often want to own the anime they watch.

BUT if Viz doesn't have the license for your area, and say 4kids do. They may not have a deal with crunchyroll, and therefore won't allow the anime to be released in your area because they're greedy idiots.

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