Fansubbing and Distribution in the Age of ‘Piracy’

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Busting Barriers: Fansubbing and Distribution in the Age of ‘Piracy’

Interest in faucets of other world cultures has been an active gear for international trade, tourism travel, and educational relocation for almost as long as humans have existed in the universe. Regardless of clashing trends in fashion, ideals, political views and processes, choice in cuisine, religious beliefs, or spoken language people have always been interested in other parts of our vast world. But then a problem emerges…how much is it going to cost? How long will it take to get there? Is anyone actually interested? As with most things, it costs money to keep running, clean, or accessible to the public. Some people want to travel to some far away land and see a landmark, eat unique dishes with the locals, or even just catch up with the family…but not everyone can afford buying a plane ticket to such places. Or afford to learn how to speak the native tongue. Fansubbing, the activity of placing an aftermarket textual overlay on top of a video stream for the sole purpose of translating any audio or video contained within into another language by a member or group of members of the fan community, can trace it roots back to the 1970’s[1] when on military personal from the United States brought or sent VHS tapes home to friends and family from Japan, sparking interest in Anime in the United States. First it started off with small AV club showings in High Schools and Universities. Members would gather together to watch the tapes they received, but would always run into the same issue: What were these people saying? It was one thing to have a person in the room who perhaps spoke Japanese to explain it (perhaps poorly), but it was something else to be able to hear the characters and be able to follow along with text. Around that time, members of clubs who had good or general knowledge of the…...

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