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Crunchy Roll vs. THE INDUSTRY

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CrunchyRoll, that Youtube-like video streaming Web site that loves the anime has hit the big time. They have received a capital investment of 4.05 million dollars, probably for having over 4 million unique visitors per month. Essentially, the fansubbers had just been paid for their illicit actions, and this makes THE INDUSTRY very angry and Hulk-like.

ANN had posted a response to this by both FUNimation and Bandai Entertaiment. FUNimation says:

Funimation has been carefully monitoring the activities of crunchyroll.com for some time.  Since 2006 Funimation has provided several letters notifying the site's operators of copyright infringement issues in connection with content that has been made available through this site.  To date, crunchyroll.com has complied with FUNimation's demands to remove the applicable content.

The battle against unauthorized distribution of anime is a battle that Funimation cannot fight on its own.  Without proactive and effective copyright policing and enforcement by those that control anime content, sites like this will continue to gain a reputation as outlets for free anime.  If this happens, the entire anime industry will suffer, making the expensive and time consuming work of producing anime content for the U.S. market impossible.  As we've stated before, we will continue to act in the best interests of our Japanese licensors — and that includes ensuring that our industry as a whole has a commercial future in the U.S.

What we need is a good ol' brawl! Crunchy Roll charges its users for access to full screen and other things most anime watchers take for granted. Meaning, THE INDUSTRY can start a case against them. The reason why fansubs aren’t as popular as they could be is because they are somewhat hard to get. But with tools like Crunchy Roll downloading fansubs is a snap. Things are going to get interesting. See Bandai Entertaiment’s statement after the jump.

[Via The Gia]

Don’t argue down there or I’ll spray you with my garden hose, and I haven’t used it in a while so I’m sure its filled with spiders.

Bandai Entertainment Inc. announced today that it echoes Funimation's concerns over copyright infringement by sites that illegally stream anime.
Bandai Entertainment Inc. also informed the website crunchyroll.com to remove content that infringed on its copyrights and furthermore has been working with licensors in Japan, educating them about the pervasive illegal downloading and streaming of anime that has negatively impacted the market. Bandai Entertainment absolutely agrees with Funimation's assertion that this is an epidemic that will undermine the future of the anime business in Japan and the United States.

Bandai Entertainment Inc. will continue to work with other U.S. companies and Japanese licensors to fight against downloading and its negative impact on the US anime industry.

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