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Posted 12/5/16 , edited 2/18/17
I heard that it actually started out like one of those free anime streaming websites (are they legal?) and became legit into the site it is today. Is that true?

The reason I bring this up is because I know of one of these free anime streaming websites. They were like any other but recently added "premium memberships" and micro transactions for website "coins". This sounds like someones idea of scamming people out of credit card money. I am wondering if this site is trying to become the next CR or is just someone looking to make some easy money.
Posted 12/5/16
Probably not a legit streaming site
Not that you'd get in legal trouble using them (unless you upload copyrighted material), but they aren't secure and they are just trying to scam people out of their shekels to view things they could watch elsewhere, legally and probably free as well.

Posted 12/5/16 , edited 2/18/17
Started out as an upload site - you could upload your fansubbed videos of anime. It later got some funding and it started to make deals with content publishers in Japan - where it was allowed to legally stream certain shows. For a while, CR had "outdated" series until they started to handle translations in-house (as far as I know) which allowed for what we consider "simulcast" nowadays.
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Posted 12/5/16

Amyas_Leigh wrote:

Probably not a legit streaming site
Not that you'd get in legal trouble using them (unless you upload copyrighted material), but they aren't secure and they are just trying to scam people out of their shekels to view things they could watch elsewhere, legally and probably free as well.



I'm always glad when I see CR get more simulcasts and catalog titles because it creates less of a reason to use the free sites.

But couldn't the owners of this website get in big legal trouble for not only having shows on their website and also charging people for premium access which guarantees nothing?
Posted 12/5/16 , edited 12/8/16

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But couldn't the owners of this website get in big legal trouble for not only having shows on their website and also charging people for premium access which guarantees nothing?


Crunchyroll has distribution rights with all of the content that is on their site. Which means that everything is on the "up and up". They're not going to be sued or encounter legal issues because of the fact that they have these distributor rights (internationally). It's also why some regions do not have all of the shows that the US region. If it's not listed for that region, it means that they couldn't obtain distribution rights in that country (as in, another company paid for the distribution of the anime's release and/or translation).
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Posted 12/5/16 , edited 12/8/16
...then everything changed when the Funi nation attacked...jk
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Funimation is great.
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I just wish when I watched videos here they wouldn't lag every 3-4 minutes, otherwise I would watch more anime here.
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Posted 12/5/16 , edited 12/8/16
I experience the same thing from time to time.

I found that if I have a shockwave / flash running in other pages, closing it down tends to remove the problem a lot of the time.

Other times, just can't seem to find a solution.
Posted 12/5/16 , edited 12/8/16
We need a pirate crunchy-hime outfit to show off the early days

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Posted 12/6/16 , edited 12/8/16

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Xmas_Hat wrote:

But couldn't the owners of this website get in big legal trouble for not only having shows on their website and also charging people for premium access which guarantees nothing?


Crunchyroll has distribution rights with all of the content that is on their site. Which means that everything is on the "up and up". They're not going to be sued or encounter legal issues because of the fact that they have these distributor rights (internationally). It's also why some regions do not have all of the shows that the US region. If it's not listed for that region, it means that they couldn't obtain distribution rights in that country (as in, another company paid for the distribution of the anime's release and/or translation).


no, no, I meant the websites that post anime that dont have rights to anything. couldnt they be sued into the ground? why dont they?

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Posted 12/6/16 , edited 12/8/16

Xmas_Hat wrote:

I heard that it actually started out like one of those free anime streaming websites (are they legal?) and became legit into the site it is today. Is that true?

The reason I bring this up is because I know of one of these free anime streaming websites. They were like any other but recently added "premium memberships" and micro transactions for website "coins". This sounds like someones idea of scamming people out of credit card money. I am wondering if this site is trying to become the next CR or is just someone looking to make some easy money.


It's a scam. There are plenty of bootleg-anime sites available WITHOUT premium-scams, and CR was one when they started.

Now, it's gone straight, actually licenses series, and that's where your subscription money goes. Join us, without fear.
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Posted 12/7/16 , edited 12/8/16
[site that shall not be named] is / was 1 site where you had access to a lot of anime, old anime titles, titles not released in US yet at the time, and hentai. I used to go there before I knew of CR. It is a site that, to my knowledge, did not pay royalties to the anime producers or licensors. One search engine suggests [that site] was created late 2007. I see the site has updated itself and isn't as accessible to newcomers as it once was.

A few years ago some individual offered unlimited file storage for watching and keeping illegal anime on [site that shall not be named] for a nominal monthly fee. The offer was hard to ignore, even harder to unblock and avoid after it appeared. Once you accessed the site you could watch at least 2 25-minute episodes with limited ads before this giant ad would appear. If you chose not to pay to play you were forced to endure a 1-2 hour timeout before the pop up ad would disappear for a few hours. It turned into a cat and mouse game watching anime on that site.

Forbes wrote an article a few years ago about the file pirate who ran the unlimited file storage operation seemingly off of [site that shall not be named]. Young kid turned entrepreneur who understood how to hack the net as well as sidestepping copyright laws. Apparently he was good at his craft. By 27 he had nice cars, trophy women, nice vaca home, and more. He liked to display his largess to anyone of interest. Several attempts were made by certain countries to get his operation to comply to rules and most attempts failed. Then the US took an interest in his illegal escapades (in their eyes) violating copyright laws and managed to over-reach their authority, get him arrested, close down his operation.

Some law firm representing him determined the United States over-reached. Of course, by then his operation was dead but he rebuilt it (shell of its former self at the time) vowing to sue the US Government for infringement on his rights as a web entrepreneur et al.

CR was similar in start up. Uploaded stuff not paid for that was accessible. Had a chat section. Then it went legit.

Edit Add: mod deleted actual site name posted to protect the guilty..................lol
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Posted 12/7/16
i heard they started out as an illegal streaming/download site or something but when legit later

ANN used to bash Crunchryroll -- claiming what Crunchyroll was doing at the time was illegal.. while using series from Crunchyroll for their reviews

I noticed ANN now has ads and ads related problems.

when i told a few other users to get adblock plus or ublock origin.. they deleted my post i didn't know why

now i see the option to pay to get rid of ads.. it's pretty clear
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Posted 12/8/16 , edited 12/8/16
Was it something like this:

Founded: 2006 (although it was somewhat illegal).
Became legal: 2009

As for how the idea of CR came up, i don't know but would like to.
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