Originally Posted by Kumabjorn
Fansubbing appeals to a limited segment of society. Yes, it is piracy if using a strict definition. But since no one else is offering these shows to people who want to watch it, there is no real economical loss to the copyright holder. The shows I have looked at has all been horrible in their translation, so I turned it off in less than 10 minutes.
Exactly. An ethical fansubber won't keep anything up that's commercially available. Not all of them are ethical, but that's a discussion for another time.
The thing is, either the anime is out of print (and thus no loss to the rights holders) or not licensed for distribution outside of Japan (still no loss to the rights holders), or unavailable in an unaltered state (ditto). This is a move by various groups to get their old and much-abused role as gatekeepers back.