Please post any questions or comments regarding this announcement in this thread.Originally Posted by DogasuSubject: Linking to streaming/downloadable episodes (VERY IMPORTANT)
Recently, we've noticed that a number of users have been providing links to sites that allow people to watch full episodes of the anime. This is quite illegal and has the potential to get this website in some serious trouble, so a decision has been made to start cracking down on this type of behavior.
Effective immediately, the following rules will be put into place:
- Anyone who posts a link to streaming episodes (i.e. episodes on YouTube, DailyMotion, etc.) will receive three infraction points.
- Anyone who posts a link to a website that has downloadable episodes (i.e. MegaUpload, any site with Bittorrents, etc.) will receive five infraction points as a warning. Subsequent violators will receive a short-term ban regardless of how many infraction points he or she has accumulated up to that point.
- Anyone providing instructions for illegal downloading/streaming without providing a link (i.e. "go to YouTube and search for user blablabla...he has the episodes you want) gets three infraction points. Subsequent violations get five infraction points.
- A user asking where to watch an episode gets a warning. Cartoon Network reruns the show fairly regularly, so if someone misses the premier of a new dub episode, check the network's website to find out when it's airing next. As far as the Japanese version goes, you guys can go to sites like CD Japan and Yes Asia and purchase the DVDs that are available. As for the rest of the series that hasn't been released on DVD...you're on your own.
This obviously does not apply to Toonami Jetstream (which has legal streaming episodes), preview clips on the TV-Tokyo/official movie websites, or anything else that's shown through an official site.
Basically, what it all boils down to is that any discussion of streaming and/or downloading needs to be kept off Bulbagarden. If you do decide to download episodes of the show or whatever, then we can't stop you - just confine stuff like that through e-mail or IM.
Thank you for your cooperation.