It's nearly always piracy. Full quality anime is rarely ever available for downloaded purchase. Yes, there are examples, but the percentage is so low that...
Kionon wrote:Downloading is seen as easiest for AMV beginners. Not only does the author of this guide frown on it, downloading footage is against the AnimeMusicVideos.org code of editing ethics. This bears repeating:
Using downloaded footage in AMVs is against the AnimeMusicVideos.org Code of Editing Ethics.
Now, aside from the ethical views of the community, there are practical reasons not to use downloaded footage:
First off there is the issue of finding it, especially if you are using a popular, and licensed anime. Then there is the issue of quality. You may well now have better quality than a capture card could produce, but often you have to contend with subtitles or logos, etc.
If you choose to ignore the AMV Code of Ethics, at the very least do your best to find the highest quality you can. Raws are preferable for unreleased material. If you must use fansubs, then at least crop out the subs. And please, please, please do not discuss downloaded footage, where to obtain it, how you used it, how to deal with it. The community is very much aware that it exists.
The first rule of using downloaded footage is that you don't talk about downloaded footage.