Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is one sad event in the lives of Filipino - non Japanese speaking fans of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Dattebayo is now ending all efforts to freely dub the latest episodes of the worldwide hit anime series. Here is an excerpt on the front page of dattebayo's site:

Naruto permanently dropped


Attention Dattebayo fans,

Effective immediately, we are terminating our subtitling efforts on the "Naruto Shippuuden". This decision is not up for discussion and not negotiable. You can guess why this is happening, and no, there is nothing you can do about it as there will always be a******* who want to p*** in the pot so to speak.

It was a difficult decision, but it had to be done.

It's been a fun 4 years!


We'd like to address a few questions and comments we've received regarding the above announcement.

Help, I'm confused! Despite the lengthy explanations linked above, I still don't understand why you're dropping Naruto Shippuuden.

Anyone who follows the anime industry knows that in bringing fansubs a wider audience, streaming sites time have made it increasingly difficult for copyright holders to ignore the existence of the groups that subtitle and distribute their property. At some point, they will stop trying to go after the sites themselves and simply cut off the problem at the source (i.e., us). To paraphrase one of the few intelligent comments we've received in regards to this matter, people who are uploading our work to streaming sites are basically putting us in harm's way without our permission. Some people have commented that uploaders are "helping" us by making us more popular, but this is the kind of "help" we don't need.

In addition, as we have stated repeatedly, we do not approve of others taking our work and using it to make a profit. Many streaming sites not only solicit donations but fill their pages with ads, even though for the most part they are simply linking to videos that were uploaded at no cost (to YouTube or other sites) and are using free hosting services. This means that they are essentially scamming viewers into thinking that donations are required to keep their "free" service running, even though they are already making a profit off advertisements. We do not spend hours of our lives subbing episodes for free so that other people can make a profit off our videos with a few clicks of their mouse.

This isn't fair! By dropping Naruto Shippuuden for the actions of a few, you're punishing the majority of people who follow your rules.

While this may be true, the fact is that the creators and licensees of Naruto Shippuuden are going to care even less than we do. If DB gets shut down permanently, it won't matter that only a few people were uploading our videos to streaming sites. There will be no more DB subbed shows, for anyone, ever again.

What about your other shows, will you be dropping those too?

If we have to.

Can you guys suggest another site for downloading Naruto Shippuuden?

Unfortunately, DB was the only English group that was up to date with Naruto Shippuuden releases. At this time, there are no other options.

How about you just stream the shows yourselves and/or start charging people to use your site?

It defies logic that we will somehow solve the problem by doing the exact things that we do not want done. Anyone writing in with either of these suggestions will be banned.

Dattebayo Fansubs, LLC - We've never been more serious

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