Started by dealerJason, April 22, 2005, 01:09:32 AM
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Quote from: "Tsukai Mori"I wonder if you can boot leg a figurine...hmm.
Quote from: "yOna"The CD store in Japantown sells bootlegs. (Dunno the name, but it's next to the Hello Kitty store) >_< Of all places!!! I felt so disturbed for them to promote bootlegs. I stopped going there :evil: YesAnime has always been bad. I know too many people who got ripped off there :(
Quote from: "frumpy"Quote from: "yOna"The CD store in Japantown sells bootlegs. (Dunno the name, but it's next to the Hello Kitty store) >_< Of all places!!! I felt so disturbed for them to promote bootlegs. I stopped going there :evil: YesAnime has always been bad. I know too many people who got ripped off there :(Mikado has some bootlegs, but MOST of their stuff is legit imports.
Quote from: "dealerJason"Rick Stelow from Drunkenmaster told me just how bad Asian film counterfeiting has become. A month ago at Wizard World, he counted 15 dealers carrying counterfeits of Asian films. A short conversation with a sales rep from Media Blasters confirmed what Rick had to say. Media Blasters had to stop several dealers from selling counterfeit copies of Versus. The worst part is that Drunkenmaster and Media Blasters are suffering because of this neglect. Here are two companies trying to give us the Asian films we want to see and they canâ€™t compete against those that counterfeit their legitimate product. It has gotten to the point that Rick has thought about either carrying bootlegs himself or quitting. When I went into Amoeba records the other day, I understood Rickâ€™s pain. I was astounded to find they too carried counterfeits. Copies of Cutey Honey, Old Boy, Casshern and Azumi were all for sale and all counterfeits. What is going on here?Now, why am I calling them counterfeits? Because they are not really bootlegs. These are excellent, quality copies of DVD masters that were illegally obtained or they are copies of DVDâ€™s with subtitles added to them.. These discs are made for less than 2 dollars a piece and then sold for upwards around 13 to 20 dollars. Amoeba sells these titles because they claim not to know any better. They also claim that they canâ€™t be bootleg since they come from Hong Kong. It is scary when an American company is so culturally blind to know that not all Asian films come from Hong Kong.Right now, Comic Con, WonderCon, AX, and even PMX do nothing about Asian Film Counterfeits. PMX even allows Cine-East, a big distributor of Asian Film counterfeits in Southern California (which can be verfied by looking at their website) to HOST their Asian Film track. After checking PMXâ€™s site for this year, Cine-East is once again organizing the Asian Film track.Counterfeits are hard to spot. Last year at Fanime, Anime Combo had copies of Ichii the Killer that had Capitol Records on the box. The box looked legitimate because Capitol records is a recognized name. You have to realize though that Capitol Records does not put out Ichii the Killer, Media Blasters does. Easier ways to find counterfeits are if they: 1.Are All Region and the title was only released in Japan or China. 2.The box says region 2 or 3 but still plays on your region 1 DVD player. 3.The copyright on the box does not refer to the company that releases film.Industry must step up. Companies like Media Blasters, Tartan Video, and Columbia need to start punishing these counterfeiters. We all remember this happening to Anime in the 90â€™s and to Anime soundtracks just recently. It was even said that Anime soundtracks would never make it in the US because of the strangle hold Son May and Everanime had on the market. Now, both are cleaned up. The same must happen to Asian films as well.What can you do about it? Simple, donâ€™t buy these counterfeits, donâ€™t support any store that supplies counterfeits, and certainly donâ€™t go to a convention that allows counterfeiters to sell what ever they want. These people are ripping off the industry, not giving one dime back to the creators, and are overcharging you, the consumer.
Quote from: "sykoeent"...Otherwise, destroy their booth and steal their merch. Cos what can they do? Report you? "Hi... Police? Yeah my counterfeit DVD's were stolen..." Not going to happen. Be aggressive and fight these people, otherwise you will lose in the end.
Quote from: "G.I.R"Quote from: "sykoeent"...Otherwise, destroy their booth and steal their merch. Cos what can they do? Report you? "Hi... Police? Yeah my counterfeit DVD's were stolen..." Not going to happen. Be aggressive and fight these people, otherwise you will lose in the end.Ooh, bad idea. You will most likely end up being hauled in with the vendor for disturbing the peace and more. Don't fight crime with crime.What we really need here is a list of contacts to report these people, heather they are distributers, or law enforcement in the cities mentioned in the above posts, and the proper way to report these people.
Quote from: "lobohan"Has anyone heard if KungFuDVD.com carrys bootlegs?
Quote from: "White Rose Assassin"If Media Blasters and other companies hit San Francisco's Chinatown, that would be one great raid.
Quote from: "White Rose Assassin"If Media Blasters and other companies hit San Francisco's Chinatown, that would be one great raid. Unfortunately, many of the Hong Kong (and anime) movies they sell are counterfeit. It's really sad. Though there was this boxset of Kung Fu Hustle which included the handprint and martial arts training booklets (just like in the movie). Maybe that was legit, but I'm rather iffy about spending money to a place that sells boots.
Quote from: "asianfilm"The real problem isn't that these are "bootlegs," because to an Anime fan in Hong Kong or Taiwan, they're plenty real to them. I mean, it's all they've got. The problem is that these copies are not region-encoded, and the English track makes it possible for American Anime fans to purchase them.
Quote from: "slifertheskydragon"SacAnime had one dealer with nothing but counterfeit DVDs.
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