Originally Posted by mr ploppy
Couldn't they just distribute the subtitle file so that people can build it into their (bought) DVD original?
That would mean waiting until the DVD releases, then usually paying import charges, waiting for it to pass through customs...
And not all anime producers allow exporting of their works without official dubs/subs in the first place.
What I've never understood is why companies don't just hire the best of the fansubbers, so they can monetize what is otherwise (mostly) harmless copyright infringement.