I wanted to ask everyone who is specifically Catholic, or a similar Christain denomination what you think of this. I am new to this forum so I hope I am in the right place.
“Thou shalt not steal” is a bigger problem than ever before. I didn’t realize I was stealing until I thought about this…
Anime streaming is more popular than ever before. I’ll admit, I have been watching anime on illegal websites such as Gogoanime or Kissanime. However, it dawned on me that this might actually be stealing - stealing from the companies who produce and license the shows. When you watch it on an official website, they get money from ad revenue and views; when you watch it illegally, you give it to the illegal streaming website. If they had that money they lost for the millions of illegal streamers, they could produce more and better anime.
You don’t watch a movie online and say that’s not stealing. But I learned these ways of streaming from my friends at college, and I don’t know why we are promoting illegal behavior to underclassmen. I feel like I should have known better when I was first introduced to these websites. I did a test online and found that most of the shows I want to watch can be watched not only legally, but for free. I have decided I will use crunchyroll and funimation as much as I can.
Here’s where the problem lies - what about the shows you can’t watch legally? Is it “stealing” if it isn’t offered in the first place? I don’t want to support these websites, but I will have to say goodbye to one of my favorite series if I only watch it legally.
Also about anime club - I still want to attend, but I don’t want to support the use of illegal streaming services. Will God be angry with me if I watched with the club? I don’t know if I could convince people to use the legal streaming service.