Okay, looking back at yesterday’s post (which most of you probably also don’t really care about the majority of… >.>), I seem to be going a bit on the defensive in regards to piracy of media. Well, I think I was. So I’m gonna do a quick foray into plunder and booty.
Marianne’s Philosophy of Piracy: It is the right of the creator and distributor of any media to make a profit from it.
Um, yeah, that’s it. Really, it’s pretty simple. There’s no real “Unless they’re a jerk” caveat to that. You make something, you package it, you distribute it… You have every right to make a profit.
So why am I watching fansubbed anime on youtube? I should backtrack.
I don’t download. I’ll fully admit the temptation is there, and it’s not just fear of the stuff lurking in torrent sites that stops me. The mp3s I have are all either things I have paid for, be it on something like itunes or ripped from a personal CD, or songs that have been given to me personally by friends. Not “Hey, I’ve got all my music library up on this webspace, so everyone is free to download” but “Hey, I heard this song and thought you’d like it… Here ya go.” Legality aside, it’s the equivalent of mixed tapes. I also don’t forward the stuff along unless it’s also a case of “Oh, you would like this too.” It’s personal, and if it’s something I like enough to do that, usually other things by that artist turns up on my wishlist or music library the totally legal way.
I’m the same with anime. Beyond what’s on our DVD racks, I have two sources for watching anime online. The first is the official route: the distributor puts it up on Hulu, or licenses it to be aired on Crunchyroll. The second is the unofficial: youtube.
Watching things on youtube is… inconvenient. The quality of subbing/dubbing, because it’s done by fan groups, can be rather hit or miss. Also, the issue remains that youtube limits video length to 10 minutes, then there is a break where you are either sent automatically to the next part (if it’s in a playlist) or hunt it down (if it’s not). Now, inconvenience does not mean I have the right to watch stuff they may not want me to… It’s not like it’s currency. However, recording a tv show via tivo, or even onto video is much the same way. The difference being the publisher has recourse to say to youtube : this is my stuff, take it down. There’s nothing they can do about my old stack of VHS home-recorded Highlander the Series.
What they CAN do is offer quality and extras on the official versions, which they do. But more than that, it needs to be made available first. If it’s available, I will buy it over watching it on youtube 100% of the time.
I was first introduced to Higurashi by a friend who mentioned it was awesome and I should give it a poke. I found it on youtube. 2 seasons, ~26 episodes each, and each of those broken into 3 parts. No one had any real clumps available of more than a few episodes (since Youtube was taking them down almost as quickly as they appeared) and some of the fan-done subbing was completely illegible. I loved it, even with all the strikes against it. I saw it had been licensed to the US. I was ecstatic. Season 1 was for sale! It was super expensive. I bitched about the price. But… I got it. It’s on my shelf.
I waited for them to do something about the second season. Over a year later, I’m still waiting on that. I would also like the license for Umineko to be released in the US so I could get that as well.
Neither is available. I can’t pay money to get them. I watch them on youtube/other sites.
Mostly unrelated: Dubs vs Subs
Subs win every time. I got into a discussion the other day with a friend about Higurashi having the worst dub in existence, and I found a side-by-side that amused the hell out of me, while also proving my point. Warning: bad jokes, worse acting, and a good amount of blood and death. Real fun starts about the 1:30 mark.