Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sun, 3 Oct 1999 03:56:51 -0700


>a few weeks ago someone mentioned ever anime. Today I picked up Gundam X,
>side 1, 2 and 3, which happened to be under that label. It would seem that,
>after examinging the casing and the like, they're a legit distribution
>house. So they're kinda like son-may, but uh, different? You know what I'm
>saying?
>
>What's the problem with son-may anyways? I know they're copies, but where
>does the legal line fall?
>
>Matt "pointless babble" Hanyok

I am not too sure that Ever Anime is legit - most of the anime CDs they put
out have altered packaging that bears no resemblance whatsoever to the
Japanese original. At least the SM CDs keeps the packaging intact so you
know what you're getting. I've also had a horror story buying a CD that was
long out of print (Thousand Nests, the V Gundam concert recording), but lo
and behold after I pop the disc into the CD player it was a completely
different recording, that of the F-91 concert! D'oh!

I've heard both sides - some claimed that SM CDs were bootlegs, while others
claimed that SM CDs were licensed for sale in Taiwan only. Neither side had
hard facts to back up their claims, however. I tend to believe in the
latter, because SM has gotten HUGE over the years, and cannot be ignored by
the
Japanese record companies if they were indeed being bootlegged by SM. Not to
mention the Taiwanese government has been cracking down on bootleggers over
the years (they probably think now that China's getting into the pirate
industry, it's time to withdraw), a major operation like SM cannot stay in
business for this long.

Eddie

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