Scottish Independence: How will this affect streaming?
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So something that has been on my mind with the upcoming vote in Scotland for Independence from the UK which has it's upsides and downsides however I started to wonder how will this affect Anime streaming on sites like Crunchyroll and Animax for us?

So let's say Scotland does go for Independence, will we lose all of our streaming titles on Crunchyroll/Animax/etc because these titles have been licensed for the UK and not Scotland? And to top it off would we be screwed out of future simulcasts and such because we are no longer part of the UK?

The thing is that I'm not really sure how this is all going work out but I thought it'd be interesting to ask you guys here on Crunchyroll and hear discussion on this kind of scenario. Honestly I hope this doesn't affect streaming but I just know this is going to change dramatically for us.
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That.. is a really interesting question, and could hit a lot more than just streaming licenses - DVD/BD distribution, games, all sorts of things could play into it. I'm no lawyer, but my guess is that, at least for streaming, Scotland will be grandfathered in with existing licenses, unless the UK decides to make an issue of it. After all, those licenses are making money for the publishers, so it's in their best interest to keep that going.

Unfortunately, it's one of those things that CR won't have any control over in the near term. Even the publishers that CR licenses from won't be able to do much if the UK decides to push for legal breaking of those existing contracts for Scotland, except to hopefully set up some quick contracts to continue service if possible.

Just have to wait and see.. and hope that the UK wouldn't try to punish folks that way!


Future licenses will be their own issue.. and open many other cans of beans. Who gets rights to air stuff on TV in Scotland (if anyone), whether DVD/BD distribution that currently services the area will have to pay more there, import fees for bulk shipments that may not have applied before, all sorts of things will impact the cost of new streaming licensing to Scotland, since the publishers balance streaming against physical sales to maximize their profits. (That's why most streams are super-censored, since they sell the BDs uncensored to get more money, heh)
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My main hope is that the existing licences will largely be the same but the future licenses as well as the future of DVD/BD releases and imports over here I'm not so sure.

If we're lucky we won't be punished too much on that but honestly I have no idea how it'll work in the future since we've not really had to deal with anything like this before.
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Would be surprised if it did make any difference, to streaming in Scotland, but is it that likely that Scotland will break away from the rest of the UK. Last poll I saw the yes vote had about 30% support.
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That would actually be pretty cool if Scotland broke off, because then I get to see a part of history play out
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i suspect that not too much would change in regards to media rights. Both physical and streaming.

With videogames, many rights are Europe-wide. Which is why localisation can take so long. It's not just a case of find/replace color->colour to keep PEGI happy. It's the other languages and other cultural sensitivities that need dealing with.

And in terms of Anime, although most of it doesn't seem to have a flat Europe license (although some titles may well be done that way), remember that current physical and streaming rights tend to be UK+Eire. And I can't think of many, if any, examples of when one has rights the other doesn't.
So I can easily imagine an independent Scotland just resulting in many distribution right just being negotiated for UK+Eire+Scotland.
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Hmm... If Scotland broke off from the UK...

Would they have to get ratings from the BBFC?

Because if not then there's a loophole just begging for abuse there.
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As far as BD/DVD distribution goes, there should be no changes... DVDs for example for both the UK and the rest of Europe... and extending into the western countries of Asia... and then down into Egypt... then tacking on both South Africa and Japan... and all the French territories not in Europe, are ALL Region 2... as long as the logistics are there, there shouldn't be an issue.

As for streaming, well considering that an independent Scotland will most likely loose the BBC, it does mean that the UK and Scotland will now be considered separate streaming zones. This could mean many things depending on the ideas of the rights holders for streamed content.

if the UK and Scotland indeed do become separate zones, current distributors may loose access to Scotland due to the limitations of their contracts, what comes to pass after that is between the rights holders and the and the wannabe license holders for the newly created unclaimed distribution zone.

Going by BBC statistics in regards to this Scots count for 9% of UK household viewers (going by memory, I'm trying to find a citation), I'm not sure how much of this will follow Anime. Should current license holders be no longer able to retain rights to the current geographical areas they have and are limited to the new zones... and/or are asked for an additional purchase of rights for the newly created void, there may be some sad results for the Scottish fans.
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Forgive my ignorance, but when is the vote?
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Posted 3/2/14

iblessall wrote:

Forgive my ignorance, but when is the vote?


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Posted 3/2/14

mvirgilio wrote:


iblessall wrote:

Forgive my ignorance, but when is the vote?



Drat. I'll already be back in the States. It would've been cool to be around for that.
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