Please read the entire letter written by Justin Sevakis at the above link.
These are good times to be an anime fan. DVD's have never been cheaper. If you're not into buying DVD's or don't have the money, you can download DVD-quality copies over the internet for free and never have to worry about anything bad ever happening to you, ever.
Consequently, these are downright terrible times for anybody in the anime industry. DVD sales are way down, profits are even lower, and a good number of companies are losing money hand-over-fist. Even in Japan, many productions aren't breaking even. People in both the US and Japan are feeling like it's the apocalypse.
If fansubs are indeed ruining the anime industry, then the Amercian portion of the anime industry is wasting it's resources on dubbing. So why do they bother dubbing anime. I thought the reason foreign movies do so poorly in general in the US was because Americans wouldn't read subtitles. If subtitled anime undubbed anime isn't popular then fansubs can't be ruining the industry.
One solution would be for the American company to license newly aired anime immediately, download all versions of the fansub for that series, choose the best, add advertising, and sell the modified fansub on their American Companies website through bit torrent for 1-2 dollars per episode and without DRM. Why no DRM, because I want to watch it on my TV, my computer and my PSP or iphone. I want to pay once not four times. If it has DRM I’ll get the show elsewhere. It would be very little cost to the American company other then a video re-encode with proceeds from advertising and paid downloads that uses the customer’s bandwidth through bit torrent for delivery. Why do you say it has to be easier then bit torrent aren’t the majority of the distributed fansubs already going through bit torrent and if fansubs are already truly ruining the industry then bit torrent most be easy enough to use. Use the profits to help pay licensing fees and DVD production costs. I'll win because I'll be able to download a legal copy that helps the Japanese anime industry and if the series is decent later I'll pick up the higher video quality DVD. The fansub group chosen would have the ultimate bragging rights. If the fansub group drops the anime pick another groups release to complete the series. If all fansub groups object to working for free then YOUR desire to stop fansubs has been achieved and the American company wins by default but the fans of course lose yet again.
If your interested in the topic of copyright or DRM I’d highly recommend Cory Doctorow’s website Craphound.COM, by the way you can get some excellent science fiction stories from him at his site for free and without DRM. Cory also has a podcast and right now is podcasting Bruce Sterling’s book The Hacker Crackdown.
How does everybody else feel about this issue? Now I'm getting off my soapbox and going back to my fansub of "Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru" while I wait for the American company to produce the DVD.Link to Post