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What is your stance on anime piracy?
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23 / M / My bed in my room
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Posted 4/15/14
Crunchyroll has almost every series I am watching. However, there are around 5 series I have to watch on fansub sites. like some people have said, its' all about availability
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Posted 4/15/14
Here is my stance on doing anything that society decrees as morally or legally wrong in general:

Consider the consequences rationally, if you are alright with those consequences, then go ahead. You only have yourself to blame afterwards.
I don't preach morality.
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23 / M / Towcester
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Posted 4/16/14 , edited 4/16/14
I often have to torrent stuff that's on this site (which I pay for), simply because CR doesn't work half the time, so in that case I think it's perfectly acceptable to download Hunter x Hunter, for example, which I have legal access to, but whatever awful thing there is on CR's end means it just doesn't stream properly (I watched the first 80 episodes or so in SD despite paying for 1080p, which my internet is fast enough for, then resorted to torrenting episodes weekly.).

Here's my stance.
If I would buy something, were I unable to access it though illegitimate means, then I'll buy it.
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21 / F / iowa
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Posted 4/16/14
I pay for my anime by watching the annoying commercials
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Posted 4/16/14

TsunLemon wrote:

Well, seeing as I'm poor as hell, if it wasn't for them I wouldn't have ever met any Anime outside of TV, meaning no Moe for me. Feel like dieing just thinking about it. So simply put, I am very thankful for them Anime pirates.


This.

Whether it's right or wrong, streaming from websites is how I truly got into the world of anime. Now, watching certain episodes off of Toonami/Adult Swim is what originally caught my interest, but streaming online was what showed me just how deep and diverse the anime world really was. Of course back then I didn't have a job and now I do so I can pay for stuff like this.
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Posted 4/16/14
I watch my anime the quickest and easiest way for me doesn't matter how to me and I watch on my smartphone so I watch on those anime sites
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Posted 4/16/14
I think a certain amount of online anime piracy is good for the industry. It allows people to sample and partake of more obscure titles. It also let's people try before they buy. The thing is, the pirated product does not represent many (if any) lost sales. Of those who do not go on to buy discs, they either can not or will not buy what is being pirated. This is largely caused by one of the following:
1. They do not have the money to buy.
2. They did not like what they viewed well enough to buy it.
3. It is not legally available for purchase where they are at. A good example of this is the Macross properties. Due to legal maneuvering, Harmony Gold is viewed as the only legal distributor in the USA. This means you can only legally watch the butchered version of the original as part of Robotech. The other works (Macross: Do You Remember Love, Macross 7, Macross Zero, Macross Frontier) are next to impossible to legally obtain and view in the USA. So, most people who have watched them in the USA have watched pirated material. However, I do know that it has caused many people to order model kits and Blu Ray discs with these shows directly from Japan. All-in-all, I think the piracy was a plus for the creators of the series.

Another example I can give is a major Science Fiction book publisher, Baen books. They have been publishing their eBooks without DRM since at least 1999 and encourage people to pass the eBooks among their friends. They even have a library of free eBooks on their web site. Every time they add an author's book to their free library, the author's sales of other books goes up.
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24 / M / Ireland
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Posted 4/16/14
for me( and anyone else in the UK) availability is a major issue

I love to get the official dvd/blurays of my favourite series, but they are either;
A; Never get a European release, honestly even if an anime is mainstream popular there's a good chance it still aint coming out over here
B; Ridiculous prices
C; split into parts(this is a real pet peeve of mine)
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23 / M / Texas
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Posted 4/16/14
I'm kind of on the fence on it, but i do buy the animes i really do like.
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Posted 4/16/14
ORE WA KAIZOKU ONI NARU OTOKO DA - Luffy.
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26 / M / NJ
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Posted 4/16/14
I use piracy if I don't have a reasonable legal way of watching a series. I watched Naruto illegally until I found crunchyroll, now I pay and watch it here. I read Naruto and bleach every week on a scanlation site, but now that Shonen Jump offers a reasonable legal alternative, I pay for it. The problem is, what about series I don't have a reasonable way to watch or read? Short of learning an entire different language and paying ridiculous amounts of money to import? I'm sorry, but I'm going to watch/read your shit for free and I won't feel bad about it. Like the translation project of Type 0. If Square doesn't want to sell me their product in a language I understand, well screw em.
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22 / M / Houston, TX
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Posted 4/16/14 , edited 4/16/14
True otakus buy legal stuff. It's not like we don't know how to get them for free. We like to collect and neatly organize them in our rooms. (Anime DVD/BD, Manga, Games, etc.) Buying them actually gives money to anime companies and makes more seasons possible. People who watch everything illegally and say stuff like "When's season 2 coming out?" are assholes.
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Posted 4/16/14
^ Lol
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20 / M / Sweden
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Posted 4/16/14
I won't use file sharing sites unless I can't find a product on other terms!

What I mean by this is that is simply... If I can't find a anime on CR or local stores/import then I'll make a short visit to the closest piratebay!





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35 / M / The IshVille
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Posted 4/16/14
I think Piracy is going to be obsolete in the next 10 years.

I was an unashamed, unabased pirate, and I was actually one of many who bailed on CR for a long time when Shinji deleted everything and went legit. (It was a smart move in the end.) I just refused to pay for something that was being given away from free elsewhere. Why should I pay 60 dollars for something that people in Japan can just sit down to for free? I mean, they have to pay the TV bill to watch it, of course, and I have to pay the internet bill to watch it. So, why should I have to pay more? That was my reasoning. And I still believe that.

However, I like the way things are going now with legitimate sites providing anime and all you have to do is watch a few ads. I don't mind that. I know I don't pirate like I used to. I mean, between CR, Funimation, ANN, Hulu, Netflix, The Anime Network, etc... It's not really all that necessary any more.
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