I don't buy as much anime as I would like to (I don't have the money). But if I PAY for something it's not going to be a boot or pirate. I know downloading sounds just as bad but I don't believe it is.
The difference to me is, whether or not someone other then the rightful people make money off of my "illegeal" anime (or any media type).
i buy all my anime from the local stores, paying between 20-30 bucks a dvd...or i'll spring for a thin pak if it intrest me...out here in Los Angeles many shops now carry anime, Sun Coast, FYE, Best buys, and at decent prices...the harder to find series i go online...
Buying JUST ANY DVD doesn't mean you aren't pirating. I'd argue that downloading something for free is far better than PAYING another pirate to steal it. That's not just destructive to the industry: it's silly.
Asian piracy (and 2nd-hand piracy/auctioning of fansubs) are a big problem... ESPECIALLY in the anime industry. And it's generally pretty easy to tell from the price (and the packaging) that they're fake (if you care to look).
GameSpot Forums - Anime Underground - How to tell if a DVD is a bootleg (FAQ UPDATE)
Note that FX is included... and that it's a known bootleg distributor.
though I am against pirating anything, it is quite a hassle to find any anime,
here in S.A and that is the reason that I download the little bit I do find.
I do not think that a pirated copy of a film, game or even anime is even worth
my attention and that is my view on pirating anything.
Well all i got to say is this. A) if anime is being sold cheaply like a full anime serious for 20$ then um yeah its's priated and you should stop befor lawinforcement find's out because you can be held accountable to just for supporting what they are doing it by buying it. B.) I'm not the smartest person but i do know that if this person is stealing it and is cought he can pin it on you or your brother its best to find out where he is getting it and ask for proof that he is laget other wise dont buy from him ok mechataku I would hate for anything to be pinned on you even when you have no idea. C.) its better to buy the up there in price once from name brand stores who sell it so you can avoid all of this and be happy with your ever growing collection.
I don't buy my anime because i can't ... It's not really my fault to like anime while living in Iraq (99.9999999% doesn't know what's anime and looked as something cartoony stupid for babies ... let alone 80% doesn't know how to speak English in the first place) ... so yeah that's my case and that's my situation ...
Well i am sorry to hear that lich i hope everything gets better for you^_^ as far as bootleged anime even if we dont like it maney do and its a on growing never ending problem due to people whanting to save money so the issue will never go away completely. But we can make it go down alot by making sure its not boot legged stuff we are buying and report any odd behavour going on so that we can minimize the amount of anime stolen from being stolen at least if your a true anime fan you'd try to not alow it anyways well at least i think so^_^