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Apparently we've reached an impasse. There's an issue of illegal downloads/piracy as a method of obtaining anime. This is something I'm not willing to budge on. This group is only about a week old, and I couldn't have foreseen every possible problem that would come up. As such, I am making this thread and will be updating it as necessary.

When I said "Group of like-minded", I wasn't referring to anime fans in general. Everyone on Crunchyroll is an anime fan. This group in particular will have more specific requirements, and as the head of the group, everything will lean towards my preferences, naturally. I don't intend to be a dictator, however, certain issues must be addressed.

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1 - Illegal downloads / Piracy of anime will not be tolerated. All anime MUST come from a legitimate source.
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Not that this will come up often, if ever, but what of the shows that are sitting in unlicensed limbo? I think an exception for shows that we cannot obtain otherwise is perfectly fine.

But yeah, stealing is bad. People work hard to create/distribute anime.

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Plena wrote:

Not that this will come up often, if ever, but what of the shows that are sitting in unlicensed limbo?


If nobody holds a license, it's ok. Like I said in that other thread, if there is no licensee in your country, then your only option to see it would be to go to Japan, and that's simply not viable. Once you start downloading licensed content, now you're taking from our local industry, which is incredibly detrimental, since North American anime is such a small business to begin with.

Although, like you said, it probably won't come up very often.
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I would think that a given due to the nature of this site as a whole

Crunchyroll is a legal streaming site, and all our anime picks should be from this site. While I don't feel it necessary to force people to watch from this site, as we can't enforce that at all, we can have them refrain from talking about that site.

It's something that shouldn't come up often in the group regardless.

I mean, I own an awesome bootleg Gundam X dvd, but it's not exactly licensed over here.

Any anime we pick should be from the Crunchyroll site. That gives people more incentive to use the site itself instead of searching around, and narrows our picks down quite reasonably.

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Well, I was meaning that we should have a group mentality of being against illegal downloads. As in, we don't talk about doing it, link sites, or support it in any way. I think that, aside from it being wrong, makes us look bad as a group.

I'm not against everyone here watching stuff on Hulu, Netflix, or DVDs as a group, but do you all think we should stick to CR streams as our exclusive source? That was my original idea, but I was thinking it might be limiting, since CR doesn't stream a lot of stuff I'd like to see in the future.

What do you guys think?
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Personally, I think not limiting the group to strictly Crunchyroll is a fantastic idea. As stated earlier, we can't possibly enforce what source people use to view anime, but I think being able to pick shows that are available on legitimate and legal streaming sources (such as Funimation and Hulu) could really help the group and expand our options.
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The only problem I foresee is that some streaming sites limit content to certain countries. As long as streams are live for ALL members, it's all good. We would have to coordinate before each viewing to make sure it's good for everyone. And the thing is, I think even CR has limitations on what can stream where.
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As far as I know, I'm the only non-US member of this group, so I can't really see any problems arising from this. I did some research on Funimation, and apparently they do actually stream to Canada. I have been able to get their streams to work in the past, but it's a bloody rare occurrence as far as I can tell.
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