Criminalising it seems like a very stupid thing to do. That goes too far, certainly. Getting raped in prison - which is depressingly likely in some countries - is a far greater evil that an individual's software piracy.
If you could have recorded it from said TV station, you are allowed to download it. That is the last I heard about it, as it went in court and got ruled like that. (in the US)
Originally Posted by soldant
In austria, noone cares. There are no worthwhile austrian or german TV shows.
- Tom De Roeck.
& verse publications
"Quantacat's name is still recognised even if he watches on with detached eyes like Peter Molyneux over a cube in 3D space, staring at it with tears in his eyes, softly whispering... Someday they'll get it."
Gintama is licensed by crunchyroll, I don't know why you would want a fansub of that? If you're in one of the region blocked countries, just get a VPN client which costs you 5$ per month or so.
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My understanding was that you could use a DVR in the US since it was treated like a VCR, but downloading from a torrent or bits or a net that is used (for the articles) is still copyright infringement.
Originally Posted by QuantaCat
i agree man! now it's better to rape than to download on torrents hahahha
Originally Posted by tomeoftom
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I hope so. Considering how little is marketed externally to Japan its one of the few lifelines anything smaller then a KyoAni show can hope for.
Originally Posted by BillButNotBen
Just curious also if you can answer this: Is media still WTFsilly priced in Japan?
You mean DVDs and CDs? Older DVDs have finally dropped to a semi reasonable price with the advent of blueray, but new ones are still stupid expensive. CDs are still stupid expensive. There don't seem to be many viable digital options either - most have DRM (even itunes) and are high priced. Not sure there are any decent DRM free music download options, and there's almost nothing in the way of online TV. Hulu has recently launched in Japan, but there's no free option, it's more expensive than in the US, and it has no shows/movies from the last year or two.
Originally Posted by Scumbag
As someone who would like to obtain foreign media legally in japan, there aren't a lot of reasonable options.
although, oddly, they still have all the CD rental shops - the ones that all have big stocks of blank cdrs next to the counter.
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That sounds about what I thought it would be. I do find it funny that Japan has long had one of the best Internet setups in the world, yet most companies there don't know what to do with it.
Are a number of Steam products blocked so it does not compete with the high-street? I remember the last I went over places like Yodabashi Camera were selling stuff like Mount & Blade (the original, not any of the expansions or additional parts) for about 4500円 while back in the UK there were deals where you could get all 3 M&B games for about a tenner.