I think the issue that needs to be addressed here is the relationship between the original animation studios and any overseas distributors. Basically, you'd have to be an idiot NOT to download, say, Naruto on the internet for FREE, to have forever, to convert to whatever format suits you best rather than wait 5 years for it to be broadcast in Japan, have the shit cut and dubbed out of it, only for it to show on TV ridiculously late or not at all, and then buy the shit astronomically overpriced DVD.
Also, they're not helping themselves by broadcasting in HD now, it's insulting for us to be expected to buy a 'poor' video quality already overpriced DVD instead of downloading the shows.
I'd love to give something back to all the companies I've essentially stolen from, but when I am offended by £20 for 4 episode d-e-l-a-y-e-d DVD releases then what the hell do they expect us to do? The very fucking least they could do is perhaps HIRE these fansubbers for their own ends.
Think about it; the popularity of fansubs just proves that no-one gives a flying fuck about dubbed voices, hurdle number one passed. Hurdle number two --- let's face it, Fansubbers are a THREAT to these companies (the international ones that buy anime) they are more popular, faster, more accurate workers AND they do it for fucking free. Also, >>10613091
's point about free advertising is so achingly true, the international distributors would be morons NOT to hire 'fansubbers', thus bridging the gap between delays which WE are punished with by dubs and overpricing.