This news has been debated and discussed over for a little less than month, but I think it's probably, in ways, "appropriate" if Arlong Park Joins in for their own thoughts to this subject of matter.
Japan Asks America to Stop Illegal Pirating of Anime~
Many have discussed this over as "Fansubs help the anime Industry grow in the US". Well, to be honest, in terms of the US when it comes to gaining and increasing it's fans in industry, the answer goes yes. However, what fansubs and illegal net downloading of anime does to Japan's actual fans, well something like that in all honesty to this case is debatable.
A recent interview with Arthur Smith, GHD International Present, is in the link above, regarding his honest thoughts in what fansubbing does to the industry of anime, both Japan and in the US, as well as internationally.
Regarding the interview, a brief response on some of his answers~
We are aiming to release DVDs earlier (hopefully much earlier) and also to offer direct legal alternatives to illegal file sharing (such as iTunes or XBoxLive). The fans want to see anime earlier than US distributors currently release product….we understand that and we need to listen to that and do something about it. That is the other side of what we plan to do over next 6-12 months.
Anime into ITunes and XBoxLive, they really must be desperate and determined to this case pretty much. But if it comes to that, I guess it's okay, well the key word is 'I guess.' But then again, we dont know until the time really comes.
Oh and there's this~
I dont really have any high hopes on whether this letter will actually convince them, heh, I doubt it even will. But hey, let's see how they do try. Though this is a first (is it?) from fan power involving this issue. I'm pretty interested on seeing how something like this could go.
And it looks like ADV's one of the '1st' to start on this somehow, dont know if this was pointed out in AP.
Over 500 episodes. $1.99 for 320x240 and $3.99 for 632x480. Which are full screen formats. Looks like they are dubbed. I only looked at a couple.
Nice idea… will be interesting to see if it works for them. I prefer wide screen dubs, myself. Though I'm hoping they'd do more on subs, Maybe I probably might pay a good 1 to 2 dollars for subbed eps for series I truly wish to watch and am interested on. Otherwise, I'm feeling pretty mellow and content, well by content, I mean not feeling much, on what ADV's starting here.
Well you heard it here guys, the place to discuss:
What is the true final fate of fansubs?