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why does anime need to be license?
is it along the lines of the group that makes the anime allows a user to watch their product and they lose money if its not paid for.

on a side note why does crunchyroll stream so well, unlike youtube where videos in general might have to buffer (not including pc hardware), as videos on this site stream very fast. does crunchyroll allow users to access their licensed media at higher speeds than average sites.
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Because Crunchyroll is a boss like that!
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Licensing anything is for legal reasons. Crunchyroll makes a profit from the premium memberships and adds that appear on the videos. They could not make this profit without licensing the media.
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Yeah you are pretty much right about the licensing, they need money for the product they made. If there was no profit, they wouldn't do it. Even though there was pirating before, internet has made illegal distribution much easier which doesn't help when most people don't know/care that its illegal. Ironically the internet has also increased anime's exposure so its not all bad. I find more of a problem with people that feel entitled to all anime as soon as it airs, etc. It especially makes me mad when people on crunchy complain about the slight delay on releases and mention 'just watch it at blah website they had it days ago.'
I got side tracked, but I still wanted to say all that
As for the video buffering... there are so many factors and possible causes, but I heard a rumor that they allocate more bandwidth to videos with higher traffic.
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It may be faster because of the encoding they use. It could be fast loading because of it.

An anime needs to be licensed so the people who make the anime get paid. If no one licensed it, the people who made it won't get paid for internation releases. Also it's due to copyright, since you need permission to display a video. Crunchyroll would get sued for their things aren't licensed... In short, licensing makes things legal to distribute...

I also hate when people complain that Crunchyroll has a delayed airing... They pretty much have the first legal viewing on most shows. In the USA, Sentai anime are shown months after Japan, so stop nagging that Crunchyroll has it delayed by a day or so. Especially Magi. It's licensed by Aniplex. Aniplex licensed it so they are the one who decide when to show it. Who cares if it's 3 days. They are the ones handling it (subbing and distributing it) so don't blame crunchy. It depends on the agreement so people should stop complaining because its the best place to watch anime the fastest...
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The anime producers need companies (like Crunchyroll) to license it because if there was no licensing, anybody could distribute anime without having to pay for it. Licensing means the company has to pay the anime producers for showing the anime to the public.
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Posted 1/11/13

redcookie wrote:

why does anime need to be license?
is it along the lines of the group that makes the anime allows a user to watch their product and they lose money if its not paid for.

on a side note why does crunchy roll stream so well, unlike you tube where videos in general might have to buffer (not including pc hardware), as videos on this site stream very fast. does crunchy roll allow users to access their licensed media at higher speeds than average sites.


for more information I think if you ask The Ancient One
aka TAO he can express to you more on licensing....
as for streaming... I don't use you tube. because I stream everything through Roku... and I don't have buffering problems. but I have tried this site a couple of times.... and yes its pretty good on streaming...
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1. These anime are produced in Japan, they cost a lot of money to make, and those Japanese companies want to make money off these shows so they can pay the artists and cover their costs and hopefully make a profit. They license stuff to american companies because there is a demand here so they might be able to make a buck, but they usually tailor their anime to the Japanese market.
2. The Japanese don't really have companies of their own in the US (except for Aniplex) so they license the shows out to Crunchyroll, Sentai, Funimation, NIS, Media Blasters, Right Stuf/Nozomi, Discotek, and a couple other smaller companies.
3. Crunchyroll, when they get a license they have to pay a minimum guarantee, an amount they have to pay up front to get the show plus residuals if the show is popular and makes money, and at the same time they might get a sublicense like they would pay Sentai essentially for shows, that's whats been happening for a couple of years now. Sentai stuff that gets licensed, is a result of Sentai and Crunchyroll teaming up sometimes. Crunchyroll also teams up with Aniplex of America and NIS.
4. Why is the Crunchyroll stream so good? Do you need to know, I don't really question it.
5. anime news network has articles on licensing.
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Hi, I hope you don't mind me jumping on this question but I was also wondering about the licensing... Whilst I can understand the reasons behind it, does anyone know when a show will become available to view in the UK? I don't want to go to an illegal site and I am a premium member as I fully respect the art and effort that goes into producing anime, which deserves to be paid for and acknowledged, but are there some shows that simply won't ever be licensed for the UK market? I currently just view the shows that are available, and optimistically hope that in the future the licensing will change, am I being unrealistic?
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Posted 1/21/13

kapulya wrote:

Hi, I hope you don't mind me jumping on this question but I was also wondering about the licensing... Whilst I can understand the reasons behind it, does anyone know when a show will become available to view in the UK? I don't want to go to an illegal site and I am a premium member as I fully respect the art and effort that goes into producing anime, which deserves to be paid for and acknowledged, but are there some shows that simply won't ever be licensed for the UK market? I currently just view the shows that are available, and optimistically hope that in the future the licensing will change, am I being unrealistic?

There have been a few instances of license regions being expanded later, but they could probably be counted on one hand.

For library titles, many are acquired from U.S. distributors, that have only US/Canada rights to grant, so don't expect those in other countries any time in the forseable future, unless a distributor from those other countries steps forward with a package that makes it economically viable for CR.

For simulcasts, in the case of a lack of a UK license, the reason for the omission is usually either a publisher that simply doesn't seem to grant a UK licenses (for whatever reason they may have), or when there is another company that grabs the licenses (i.e., Anime on Demand).

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