|Date(s):||15 May 2006 - present|
|Country based in:||USA|
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Crunchyroll started in 2006 as a for-profit video upload and streaming site that specialized in hosting East Asian video content. Some of the content hosted on Crunchyroll included fansubbed versions of East Asian shows.
In 2008, Crunchyroll secured a capital investment of $4.05 million from the venture capital firm Venrock. The investment drew criticism from anime distributors and licensors Bandai Entertainment and Funimation as the site continued to allow users to upload illegal copies of licensed titles.
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- Sevakis, Justin (March 11, 2008). "Video Site with Unauthorized Anime Gets US$4M Capital". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
- Loo, Egan (March 12, 2008). "Funimation, Bandai Entertainment Respond on Crunchyroll". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.