How to Spot a Bootleg

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Postby Lord_dracon » Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:30 am

I normally try to buy official dvds but I do have some that I suspect are bootlegs. It is very tempting to get these dvds when you look in the shops and find that to get the whole series of metal panic you have to pay over £100 (double that for $). The shops must easily be making %200 profit on there sales. Probably alot more. Sales of piracy would be alot less if shops would lower there prices. I would rather get the official release where I can afford it
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Postby Gods Dark Angel » Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:19 pm

QUICKLY SOMEONE!!! Boot Leg or not? Should I buy or no?

http://cgi.ebay.com/Azumanga-Daioh-Comp ... dZViewItem
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Postby Kariudo » Wed Jul 05, 2006 10:59 pm

bootleg, no doubt.
Azumanga Daioh does have an english box set (thinpack) (and has 6 disks in the english release), but it has more than 3 disks...and is region 1 (as opposed to region 0/region free)
as a general guideline, anything that sells for that cheap is a bootleg.
the cover art looks pretty fishy too, you should compare it to official releases to determine if it is similar, or vastly different
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Postby Gods Dark Angel » Thu Jul 06, 2006 12:26 am

and i heard something about an fx logo on boxes means is bootleg??? Is that true? Because my friend has...

Trigun
Berserk
Kenshin
Naruto
.//hack
S-cry-ed
Witch Hunter Robin
and
Love Hina

box sets with that on it. Are they ALL bootleg? b/c I he gets em from this place in the mall round my way and they sell a lot of boxsets like that. I've even bought 2 discs of witch hunter robin there... (real deal 4 eps on a disc official bandai logo) So they are selling bootlegged stuff? Should I like report it tell somone? :(
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Postby Malificus » Thu Jul 06, 2006 11:36 am

FX are bootlegs. That site may sell legit anime, but all the FX stuff are bootlegs.
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Postby Gods Dark Angel » Fri Jul 07, 2006 12:07 am

Gods Dark Angel wrote:Should I like report it tell somone? :(
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Postby CodeZTM » Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:28 pm

Where/how did he buy it? Online? In a store? Then based on that, you can take action.

As for bootlegging, it's totally wrong. I've bought maybe one in my whole life, but didn't realize it at the time. It was an anime I had bought from a local store that was later shut down for the same reason.
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Postby Gods Dark Angel » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:03 pm

In a store in the mall...
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sun Jul 09, 2006 10:43 pm

Here are some numbers i culled from ebay:

MPAA - 1-800-NO-COPYS

National Fraud Information Center - 1-800-876-7060

USPS - 1-800-ask-USPS

EBay - (408) 558-7400 / (408) 558-7401

Ebay - 1-888-749-3229 / 1-800-322-9266

Paypal - (402) 935-7733 / 1-800-836-1859 / 1-888-204-4481 / 1-888-221-1161

Half.com - 1-800-545-9857

RIAA - 1-800-BADBEAT

piracyisacrime.com - 0845 6034567


and some websites:

BBB - http://www.bbb.org/complaint.asp
USPS - https://www.usps.com/postalinspectors/fraud/welcome.htm
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Postby cheeseninja2002 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:27 am

Bootleg anime is made soely to be bought by the poor or try'n'buy. Its practically the same price as renting but you don't have to waste 6-8 blank dvd-r's to watch the whole thing b4 you need to return them.

on top of that living in aus most of the bootlegd series i purchase havnt been licenced and wont be for another 6months to 3yrs( still most of my collection is legit around 3/4, it just feels better on the inside to own legit, and now that im begining to earn a stable income those series which have been licencd and produced i am purchasing, FMA all the way)

don't u look at me alls u mr "bootleg buyers should be shot, those fn loose morald fuks." I have a right as an australian to buy whats cheapest cause our economy sucks and petrol costs $1.50/ltr.....and bananas r at $15/kg.
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:23 am

No, there is no legitimate reason to buy bootlegs. You want cheap anime? That's what the internet is for.

Also, certain organized crime organizations make more money on bootlegs than on drug sales.
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Postby devilmaykickass » Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:52 am

What about when the bootlegs look and sound lightyears better than the commercial R1s (i.e., the Sailor Moon movies)?

Sailor Moon Super S Movie: Commercial R1 release by Pioneer/Genon:

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Sailor Moon Super S Movie: Bootleg by Omegapin:

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What then?
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Postby BasharOfTheAges » Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:50 pm

Then you buy the R2s.

Honestly, if you're not supporting the companies, at least have the decency to not support the bootleggers either. "internet, yar"
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Postby devilmaykickass » Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:52 pm

BasharOfTheAges wrote:Then you buy the R2s.

Honestly, if you're not supporting the companies, at least have the decency to not support the bootleggers either. "internet, yar"

But I already bought the R1s...
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Postby cheeseninja2002 » Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:52 pm

[quote="BasharOfTheAges"]Then you buy the R2s.

Honestly, if you're not supporting the companies, at least have the decency to not support the bootleggers either. "internet, yar"[/quote]

this is still while the companies producing the legits are raping our wallets?
cmon: FLCL, 6 eps on 3 discs...wtf, eva 26 eps on 8discs. All 26 ep series are ranged between $120-$200. That my freind is wrong. And this whole "loss in video quality", if fitting 4 eps onto a 4.7 GB dvd is fine, then why is the quality los when 8 eps are put on a 8.3 (close enough) dual layer dvd, the loss in quality is extreemly small and unnoticable if not even exisant. Only difference being when u get a bootleg without english audio the subs can be a little off track (its better than waiting another 3 years before you get the legit, when you find out that the subs wern't far off).


If the companies start supporting the buyers then i'll start supporting them.
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