Kai Stromler wrote:This is why I keep saying we need a bootleg sticky in this forum, because every month someone mentions d*******a****d**.com [blocked to make things easier for the mods] and how they can get whole seasons for the price of a single North American release.
Well, there's a reason. The people who put out those box-sets are pirates. They buy one copy of the Japanese release, pay a guy in Hong Kong to sit around and do crappy translation (or if it's out in the US, they just rip all the content from a NA release directly) and make up subtitles, then send the data off to an unscrupulous DVD-pressing facility while another mafia employee pulls cover art out of his ass. The reason they can sell for so cheap is because they, unlike the official R2 producers, don't have to pay back the costs of making the animation, and unlike the commercial licensors in the States and elsewhere, don't pay licensing fees for the privelege of making money off someone else's work.
How to identify bootlegs:
* If the price is too good to be true, it's probably a ripoff
* If it's described as "Region 0" or "all-region", it's probably pirated; there are a few legit regionless or multi-region anime DVDs out there, but not many
* If there is no English dub track, and the subtitles are in Chinese and English, it's almost certainly a bootleg; there are almost no official licenses for anime in Chinese-language markets
* If the series is spread across half as many discs as normally found at retail (say, 3 for a 26-ep TV series as opposed to 6), it is likely not to be legitimate
* If it is indicated as being distributed by one of the bootleggers listed in the Pirate FAQ -- a good read in any case -- it is absolutely, definitely produced in defiance of the law.
Even Taiwan has now signed the Berne convention. This stuff is not legal anywhere. Don't support the Chinese Mafia.
Kalium also suggests reading this post here.