Piracy has been smacking the industry over the head with a baseball bat since the early 2000’s.
Nobody knows or talks about it, but, even
That alone tells you how many people (and how many sites) have pirated
Not to mention how easy it is to get a website up and running, illegally pull tons of
ON DEMAND. 24/7.
Depending on who you ask in the
- Piracy is the best thing to happen to the
- streaming is FREE.
- If it wasn’t for piracy, the
animeindustry wouldn’t have grown so much. Again – there’s truth to this.
Most fans feel it’s a necessary evil, because the
But then there’s the other side of the argument:
- Piracy is making the conditions of working in the
animeindustry brutal, tough, and unfair.
- There’s no excuse for pirating
- And morally – it’s just not the right thing to do.
And that’s the paradox of piracy: both of these arguments have “some” truth to them.
Let’s break it down…
Why Piracy Is a mixture of “good AND bad” for the industry:
1. Early access to NEW
You can argue about this point all day, and say “BUT
You’re not wrong for thinking that. But here’s the thing: Crunchyroll isn’t available everywhere, in every country.
For anyone outside the USA,
The same is true for Funimation and other anime streaming services as well.
Piracy on the other hand gives you everything upfront. It’s like an “all you can eat” buffet, but without the price tag.
When a new series stars airing, you can watch it on-demand. Without any restrictions for which country you’re viewing each
That’s a major hurdle, and that’s why it’s a good thing. Regardless of the politics.
2. No restrictions, zero limitations
As I already said in my last point – there’s no restrictions, limitations, or messages that say: “sorry, but this isn’t available in your country”.
It’s not the fault of the service providers (not entirely), but it can’t be denied that licensing is a MAJOR obstacle standing in the way.
Pirate sites give you the power to watch ANYTHING, without discriminating against your location, country, city or whatever else.
The annoyance of having to worry about whether you can or can’t watch something, based on a problem that has nothing to do with you, is a blessing.
It’s a service NO legal site can provide at this point, even in 2019. So it’s no wonder piracy is so problematic.
3. Missed sales opportunities for creators, companies and studios
This is where it gets “bad”, depending on how you wanna define it and where you wanna take it.
The fact is undeniable though:
- If legal sites provided everything an illegal site does, all that
moneywould go to the industry.
- If creators received more
money, they’d feel more fulfilled and less stressed over unnecessary sh**.
- LESS studios would go out of business. Because there would be more
moneyflowing through the industry.
- Employees could work in healthy environments, and possibly less hours than is necessary.
- More companies could collaborate and do big things, internationally
- The industry itself would be more appealing to anyone willing to “get into it”. Especially non-Japanese.
animewould make more sales, individually.
Some fans love to forget that none of this works without
The fault is with the industry. Japan has been LAX about fixing the issue. Instead they blame pirates for the problems Japan created themselves.
They’ve refused to innovate, come together, create a plan and improve their services.
As a result – piracy is rampant, and it’s a trend that won’t go away anytime soon.
And that’s regardless of how many sites they shut down, or how many people they arrest for uploading “illegal” content on
4. It creates the wrong expectations
The next age group is early 20’s, late 20’s and well into the 30’s.
The thing is: with the internet being such a big deal in the 21st century, and piracy coming along during that time, a lot of fans have grown up with “piracy” being a normal thing.
A lot of fans expect anime is FREE and they don’t care about “paying” for it.
And of course there are people my age (20’s) who believe the same thing as well.
It makes sense: if it’s more convenient, why would you take the more “difficult” option?
No matter how “moral” you are, you’re not gonna use legal sites just because it’s legal, when pirate sites are better in every way imaginable.
It’s a double-edged sword. But if the industry is to make the service “great”, it needs to be so good that it shatters people’s expectations. To the point where they don’t care abort pirate sites anymore.
Sounds impossible but that’s the challenge the industry is facing in 2019.
5. A full catalogue of old shows, new shows and everything in between
Kiss Anime is the most hated pirate site in the
I can’t think of a website that receives more hate, take down requests or “BOT” attacks than Kiss
It makes sense why, since they’re a massive community with over 100M visitors using it, every month.
But here’s the thing: Kiss
That’s one of the main benefits of using a site like Kiss
And it doesn’t matter how old the
Whether it be
Try doing that with LEGAL sites, and you’ll struggle.
Legal sites don’t have the power to do that
Because again – it comes down to the strict rules of licensing, and the reluctance to do anything about it as an industry.
This isn’t about achieving perfection. But even then – it’s a good goal to aim for.
But at the end of the day – it’s ignorant to assume
What about old shows? What if you’re a new fan and you’ve just recently started getting into
New shows aren’t everything. And neither are mainstream anime shows. Not everyone wants to JUST see that, and that’s why piracy is necessary.
It’s a “good” thing, while simultaneously being a bad thing from a financial point of view.
Licensing needs to change
If you’re like me, you can’t watch old
The reason is simple: licenses are awful. That’s one of the main obstacles causing so much mayhem.
As far as I see it, licensing needs an overhaul. A make-over. In a way that makes
And if that doesn’t work. well, I’ll share my thoughts on what I feel is the best solution another time, on another topic.
So stay tuned for that…
How do you feel about piracy?