I've been talking with a professor at a local college who is also the facilitator of an on campus anime club. She told me that they watch streaming video from crunchyroll and other free streaming websites without violating copyright...which leads me to a few questions.
Are any of you familiar with copyright laws associated with streaming video in the public library? If so can you direct me to these regulations?
Do you know any good online streaming services (FREE) that offer pg-pg13 anime without too many ads?
I have looked and looked, and I just can't seem to find the info I need. I've been wanting to implement an anime/manga club for our community, and I thought TRW would be the perfect time to give it a go. Any help is greatly appreciated!
Okay, I'm not entirely sure about streaming video and copyright, but I do know that for any movies or content that you show you need to have a public viewing license.
For anime, there are several ways. You can contact Viz and ask them (http://www.viz.com/company/contact) for a one-time public viewing license. They have a form you fill out and send to them. Funimation's public viewing license can be purchased through Movie Licensing USA (http://www.movlic.com). Movie Licensing USA's regular license should also cover any Studio Ghibli film released by Disney and any Pioneer Geneon movies (Geneon is owned by Universal). The MPLC umbrella license also covers a number of anime movies. You can check them out at http://www.mplc.org/page/library.
As far as streaming goes, as long as your library has the public viewing license, you may show any legally obtained copy of the film. I'm assuming that means any content available for free online.
Hope this helps!
I know that we use Movie License USA. There is a special license for viewing anime but I don't know if that includes pre-releases that teens will be reviewing. We wanted to do the same thing at our anime club but cannot seem to find how or where to start. I believe you have to have at least 25 people for companies to give you anime to review (that's just what I heard). I would love more info too. Please pass on the goods if anyone knows.