Does the fact CrunchyRoll use to stream both legit simulcasts and fansubs possibly still affect their streaming rights s
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Does the fact CrunchyRoll use to stream both legit simulcasts and fansubs possibly still affect their streaming rights since since they went legit around Christmas '08/Jan. '09?

I know there was controversy from this article: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/bbs/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=53069.

Also, doesn't seem ironic that that shows like Kanokon and Xam'd that are now on as legit streams were also streaming back before then?

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CR has been legit for long enough that I don't believe it matters anymore. They've proven they can stay in business with legit streams and they have a proven audience. That's all the production companies probably care about.
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ditto deadpanditto. ditto.
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One of the biggest R1 anime companies, Sentai Filmworks, has been sharing more and more of their streams with Crunchyroll over the last year so I don't think that CR past has hurt it in getting streams.

Crunchyroll had more than 30 series streaming for the Spring 2012 anime season and they have gotten some very good library titles in the last six months like Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the very recent addition of Sentai-licensed Night Raid 1931 and Xam'd: Lost Memories. I wouldn't be surprised to see more Sentai titles join Crunchyroll's catalog.

And since TV Tokyo, one of the largest networks in Japan, is backing Crunchyroll, I don't see them having any problems with Japanese licensors seeing being completely legitimate, and Crunchyroll has an excellent relationship with such producers as Takeshibo and YTV.
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kadmos1 wrote:

Does the fact CrunchyRoll use to stream both legit simulcasts and fansubs possibly still affect their streaming rights since since they went legit around Christmas '08/Jan. '09? ...

As noted, not anymore.

For a while it seemed to have a depressing effect, but two and a half years seems like a long enough time that they've proved themselves.

Obviously in web forums where bootleggers are looking for excuses to "justify" their bootlegging, they will drag up old news, but as far as Japanese in the anime business, the TV Tokyo investment in Crunchyroll in 2010 likely marks the time when most decided to let bygones be bygones.
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