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03-17-08, 3:41 PM

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When an anime gets liscenced???
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03-17-08, 3:44 PM

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It means that whatever company licensed it now has the legal right to distribute it.
 
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03-17-08, 3:44 PM

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For us, it means that a company has acquired the "rights" to an anime series, and can distribute DVDs, merchandise, etc as they see fit for it.

There's a bit more to it, but that's the bare-bones basic answer.

 
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03-17-08, 3:46 PM
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03-17-08, 3:50 PM

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AnimeSuki has a greatly informative page here.

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03-17-08, 3:52 PM

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Rosario + Vampire just got licensed.That makes me verry happy. :)
 
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03-17-08, 3:52 PM

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Thanks for the info.
 
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03-17-08, 4:29 PM

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And when a seris does get liscensed, we have to stop watching the fansubs of it because it's illegal. But none of us do that anyways. =P
 
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03-17-08, 4:32 PM

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It means dirty pirates like myself get screwed over for series like Negima!? 8D

But yes, as everyone already explained, it means the anime is now available for legal distribution on DVD etc.
 
03-17-08, 4:53 PM

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kirAth-shiAue said:
And when a seris does get liscensed, we have to stop watching the fansubs of it because it's illegal. But none of us do that anyways. =P


Wait a minute, then i'm not happy at all. :( On a side note, Naruto gets subbed all the time and its liscensed.I just watched episode 50 the other day.(Shippuuden that is)
 
03-17-08, 6:00 PM

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yes as explained above, whenever a series is licensed, that means its copy and distribution rights have been acquired by certain companies. that doesn't mean that fan subbers can't sub anymore, it just meant that by distributing new subbed episodes after a series is licensed, uploaders or distributers of those illegal copies are considered as breaking the laws
 
03-17-08, 6:04 PM

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pcube19622 said:
yes as explained above, whenever a series is licensed, that means its copy and distribution rights have been acquired by certain companies. that doesn't mean that fan subbers can't sub anymore, it just meant that by distributing new subbed episodes after a series is licensed, uploaders or distributers of those illegal copies are considered as breaking the laws


Oh OK thanks
 
03-17-08, 6:26 PM

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pcube19622 said:
yes as explained above, whenever a series is licensed, that means its copy and distribution rights have been acquired by certain companies. that doesn't mean that fan subbers can't sub anymore, it just meant that by distributing new subbed episodes after a series is licensed, uploaders or distributers of those illegal copies are considered as breaking the laws


Make no mistake, fansubs are illegal and breaking copyright law regardless if a show is licensed or not.
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03-17-08, 6:32 PM

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tainteddonut said:

Make no mistake, fansubs are illegal and breaking copyright law regardless if a show is licensed or not.


^ this.

Fansubbing is illegal, period. Japanese companies are just less likely to go after foreign downloaders than US companies that license stuff for distribution outside of Japan.
 
03-18-08, 7:45 PM

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Fansubbing is completely Illegal? I thought it was just if the anime gets liscensed after then you keep subbing...
 
03-18-08, 7:46 PM

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If an anime gets licensed no one can sub it and distribution is ceased.

Edit - Tainted - I know it is but most fansub groups stop distributing it. You can easily find it on a public tracker though usually.
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03-18-08, 7:52 PM

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Fansubbing is completely Illegal? I thought it was just if the anime gets liscensed after then you keep subbing...

Fansubbing is essentially having a friend sit next to you and tell you what they're saying. What is illegal, although never tried in America atleast, is the distribution on fansubs.



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03-18-08, 8:03 PM

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Ruiner878 said:
Fansubbing is completely Illegal? I thought it was just if the anime gets liscensed after then you keep subbing...


Nope, it's always been illegal. Unless the copyright holders expressly give permission for fansub groups to subtitle their work and release it, then these groups are breaking the law. Not like it's ever stopped anyone from fansubbing anyway.

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If an anime gets licensed no one can sub it and distribution is ceased.


That's wishful thinking. Once it's on the internet, it's out there forever. Sub groups may stop supplying shows via IRC and take down their torrents after a license announcement but that won't stop other people/sites from continuing to provide the files online. Even licensing announcements don't phase some groups. Shows like Naruto, Shigofumi, and True Tears are all a licensed but groups are still releasing episodes of them.
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03-18-08, 8:20 PM

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For hentai, it's good news because then the show will get uncensored. :P
 
03-18-08, 9:42 PM

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Well since where talking about licensed, how long does it take for a popular anime to get licensed to the u.s.

 
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