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What are the best indicators an anime site is legit? What are the telltale signs of a pirate site?
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Eh.. How invasive the advertising is can be an easy early indicator. Illegal sites are also prone to requiring that you disable your ad blocker. CR, for example, doesn't seem to care that I'm using an ad blocker on their site because I'm paying a subscription fee (and if they do care.. well, tough crap).

Another indicator is the presence (or lack) of a copyright policy / information page. The link to it is usually buried in all that fine print at the bottom of the website. Presumably because most people aren't interested, but it's generally there someplace for your perusal.

Or, if you're lazy, you can find a list of some legal streaming sites here.
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jtjumper wrote:

What are the best indicators an anime site is legit? What are the telltale signs of a pirate site?


One of the big signals is that they claim to have 'everything'. No legal site has everything, it's literally impossible even with sharing deals.

Another is checking to see if they claim not to be the host of the stream, or have multiple stream source options. Always a key signal indicating that they know they're hosting pirate work and a) don't want to get busted and b) know that the pirate streams might disappear if they are busted instead.

Finding malware after visiting the site is also a sign you may have just hit a pirate, but it doesn't help tell beforehand...

Really the best bet is to find who has the license for shows you like, that will help show who is legit in general. MAL and other sites often list that for us.
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I just assume all sites are pirate unless there's a good reason to think otherwise. Almost always correct without even looking.
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jtjumper wrote:

What are the best indicators an anime site is legit? What are the telltale signs of a pirate site?


- pirate sites mostly do not host the video on their own servers, but use external sharehosting services to host the video
- pirate sites mainly use ads in the website to generate their revenue, legitimate sites use in-video ads and mostly do not have any ads on their website itself
- pirate sites use crappy re-encodes of the original material and often claim files to be of HD resolution, while they are not
- pirate sites mostly do not display any sort of actual address information of their owners on their website, and do not offer proper customer service or business contact information
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jtjumper wrote:

What are the best indicators an anime site is legit? What are the telltale signs of a pirate site?


I ask friends around if they think its illegal site, and hoping its not because they just happen to have awesome anime/movies that this site haven't gotten yet! :(

If yes, than I force myself to deleted it from bookmark.. But than I start regionalized (I may use that term wrong) that... well since its from Asia country and the user post it from there and haven't been made in usa.. it should be alright.. does that make sense?

I mean there million million movies made from Asia country and yet almost everyone over there posted it online and act like its Ok!!! How come?

But if the movie made from USA, and its been posted Illegally I feel sick and must not watch it unless I pay for it by buying the movie from the store or from Demand channel in legal way..

Am I weird or what? LOL

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Pirate sites are probably both completely free and ad free during streaming.

Also, pirate sites probably have download links.
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Anime costs money to produce. Producers sell it to websites/providers. Websites/Providers sell you access to the anime and they pay for it with the money you give them. If you aren't paying its not legal.
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Rujikin wrote:If you aren't paying its not legal.

TV Tokyo lets you watch currently airing series for free with no ads and it's perfectly legal.

edit: as for telling legit and pirate sources apart:
legit sources will often offer a subscription service. this is true for

Crunchyroll -> premium / premium +
Amazon -> Anime Strike
Funimation -> their site is a mess, but they probably offer something similar
Hulu -> Hulu plus
Netflix -> already a paid service
Daisuki -> premium
TV Tokyo -> they don't use the term "premium", but you need to pay 700 yen per month to have full access to all anime, not just the latest episodes.

in general, pirate sites won't offer such monthly subscription service.
legit sites also have a traceable company which you can contact and verify it's legit, while pirate sites likely don't (or if they do have, it's hidden from view)
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Rujikin wrote:If you aren't paying its not legal.

TV Tokyo lets you watch currently airing series for free with no ads and it's perfectly legal.



Really? Link plz
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Really? Link plz


Its all in japanese though

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/
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Posted 6/7/17 , edited 6/7/17

Rujikin wrote:


namealreadytaken wrote:


Rujikin wrote:If you aren't paying its not legal.

TV Tokyo lets you watch currently airing series for free with no ads and it's perfectly legal.

Really? Link plz


https://ch.ani.tv/
it's great for catching up with the latest episode of Aikatsu Stars! :p

link with current airing shows
https://ch.ani.tv/catch-up

i also made a thread about it, but it got buried
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-992079/you-can-watch-certain-unlicensed-series-for-free#56192871
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Really? Link plz


Its all in japanese though

http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/


yes, and it's a TV station I assume..

CBS and NBC are free content as well.
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namealreadytaken wrote:


Rujikin wrote:


namealreadytaken wrote:


Rujikin wrote:If you aren't paying its not legal.

TV Tokyo lets you watch currently airing series for free with no ads and it's perfectly legal.

Really? Link plz


https://ch.ani.tv/
it's great for catching up with the latest episode of Aikatsu Stars! :p

link with current airing shows
https://ch.ani.tv/catch-up

i also made a thread about it, but it got buried
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-992079/you-can-watch-certain-unlicensed-series-for-free#56192871


Thanks fine anime wizard!
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namealreadytaken wrote:


Rujikin wrote:If you aren't paying its not legal.

TV Tokyo lets you watch currently airing series for free with no ads and it's perfectly legal.

edit: as for telling legit and pirate sources apart:
legit sources will often offer a subscription service. this is true for

Crunchyroll -> premium / premium +
Amazon -> Anime Strike
Funimation -> their site is a mess, but they probably offer something similar
Hulu -> Hulu plus
Netflix -> already a paid service
Daisuki -> premium
TV Tokyo -> they don't use the term "premium", but you need to pay 700 yen per month to have full access to all anime, not just the latest episodes.

in general, pirate sites won't offer such monthly subscription service.
legit sites also have a traceable company which you can contact and verify it's legit, while pirate sites likely don't (or if they do have, it's hidden from view)


For Funimation they do offer a service but its awful and expensive.
My rule of thumb is the subscriptions, amount of ads on the website layout itself, and whether they have their own video player or not. Most pirate sites have some secondhand video player. Video players that come with pop up ads. So many pop up ads.
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