Seen in Lelangirs GRSI, links to a couple of papers:
- Jordan S. Hatcher: 'Of Otakus and Fansubs: A Critical Look at Anime Online in Light of Current Issues in Copyright Law'. (2005) 2:4 SCRIPTed 514.
- Perez Gonzalez: 'Fansubbing anime: Insights into the butterfly effect of globalisation on audiovisual translation'. (2006) Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, 14 (4); 260-277. [This one does not have a PDF, if anyone knows where to find one, please let me know -- Author.]
Unfortunately, I don't have time to dig into these right now, but what I skimmed is rather lulz. There was the Lessig worship (and outright misconceptions about what lessig actually wrote), being led by the nose by Japanese liberals with an agenda, and more. Mental note: ask 2DT and J.P. for a critique.