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Happy anniversary to fansubbers WITH S2

Happy second anniversary to With S2.

Once again, the lovely admins of With S2 have asked if I could post up a notice for the occasion, which also clarifies the group’s policy (and yes, sub releases have resumed):

(Jan. 10, 2008)

Regarding our newest policy (details here):

We do feel bad that we have to take such a strong stance, and halting subs was really our last resort. We’ve been fighting some major issues (including legal), and sites like mysoju.com & Aznv.tv/en/ are definitely not helping the matter.

We’ve done all we could for over a year — constant asking, pleading, and sending out very sincere messages to no avail — but these people really know how to test our patience and limits. It’s bad enough that our very sincere pleas were ignored completely. But what makes us sad is that after every pleading message that we send out, an additional streaming episode is added. So, after the year-long battle, we feel helpless and stressed out.

As you know, the problem is that since WITH S2 is quite active and somewhat well-known in the fansubbing world, we’ve become an easy target by people going after fansubbers. Every step we take is being watched closely by huge stations and licensed holders alike. Obviously, all this unwanted attention from streaming sites (which do profit from our hard work with ads and traffic to their sites) does not help our shaky situation.

I think it is known that WITH S2 members are passionate about kdramas and our goal is to share such passion with others. We are doing this for the fans — so nothing is more painful than watching our work misused — and our supporters give us the motivation to endure all the stress and hard work. We wouldn’t spend three, four, or more hours each day running Withs2 and enduring the endless stress if we didn’t think that you guys are worth it. The same goes for all our precious members who devote as much time and effort to fansubbing. 🙂

Running WITH S2 is a second full-time job, and considering that everything we do in fansubbing is non-profit, it does take tons of dedication and motivation. It definitely helps to know that there are those who are supportive of us so we can continue our subbing work with ease of mind.

Lastly: As Jan 10, 2008 is our second anniversary (yes, we’ve been doing this officially for 2 years), we hope that 2008 will be a good year for us, that all issues can be resolved and that we can continue to focus on our main goal: fansubbing. With that said, we will be lifting the halt of subs for the time being and will resume our releases *slowly* to celebrate this joyful occasion. Please join us in our celebration and please continue to support and protect us. 🙂

cheers,

the admins of WITH S2 (on behalf of WITH S2)

P.S.: Regarding megaupload/sendspace links — uploading raw videos for direct download will aid those who can’t use CB or torrents, and help mitigate the need for streaming sites. At Soompi.com, the first post of a drama thread will usually have direct links to all the dramas that WithS2 subs.

Other sites are listed at http://nhatkyviet.com/category//korean-tv-series/

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Happy 2nd Year Anniversary!!!
Can you also include IU forums to your other site list?
I don't want to sound like a freaking spammer, but over at IU forums there are a lot of dramas uploaded to Megaupload (151).
Here is a link if anyone is interested.
http://idols-unlimited.com/community/index.php?showforum=8

it's a forum so you have to join to get access.

Again congrats!!!!

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I would not be alive today if it were not for WITH S2

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seriously, thank you so much...you are making my college years bearable!!!

happy anniversary =)

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Thank you, WITH S2, I've just started learning Korean and all your subtitles are really helpful :) When it comes to hardsubbing and posting it in the net.. I hope you won't face any problems and it all comes to an end very soon, maybe your strict rules were made for good? Before that, I had no idea that streaming sites could be causing troubles to anyone beside the uploading person /I mean closing their accounts/. Now I do. Sorry that it's a little bit late. Happy birthday, please keep up the good work, we'll do our best to be harmless fans of your subbing :)

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HAPPY ANNYVERSARY!!!

Thanks for all your hard work.
I really appreciate for everything you've done, whithout fansubbers WITH S2 the fans (including me) wouldn't have a great time with kdrama. It's really sad for those who don't want to understand your difficult situation.
To support you guys I actually boycot those sites which use your subs not in a proper way. And I also encourage all other fans to do the same.
Hopefully 2008 will be a better year ^_^

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Congratulations!
Thank YOU WITH S2 for keeping an addict like me alive.
Much love.

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Happy anniversary! Sorry that you have had such a rough time with it. But now that people understand, hopefully they will stop this.

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Happy anniversary~~
I hope this year goes better too.
Those streaming sites are really starting to annoy me personally because they're blatantly disregarding WITH S2's requests and putting my wonderful kdramas at risk. T_T

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Happy anniversary!

I'm watching Coffee Prince now and I looove the subbing job. Thanks so much!

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Happy Birthday and Congratulation for all your past and (I hope) future projects!!!

It's a pity the problem is still unresolved and I really wished you could have resolved it entirely before restarting releasing but nonetheless I'm really thankful for you coming back ^^
Hope next year's anniversary will be even better ^^

Though you're being watched by big companies I think they're all very aware in the role you play in Korean culture getting even more popular. Internet brought an awesome anime and manga market to these companies who benefited from free advertisement and it's the same for you ^^ I'm sure deep down they're thankful as well ^^

Keep it going and long life to the whole staff!! You guys brighten our days ^^

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Happy Anniversary! I'm amazed at how dedicated you guys are to share great kdramas to the rest of the world! Wishing you all a good 2008 ahead :)

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To all WITHS2 Members,

Thank you for your time and dedication for sharing your love of kdramas through fansubbing. It is you guys who make people like me happy and feed my kdrama addiction. More power to you and the team!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WITH S2!!!

I really want to thank you guys for all the hard work and dedication you put into bringing us so many dramas to us non-korean speakers. It's a shame that websites like mysoju are not abiding by your requests. Hopefully as more people become aware of the problem, they will stop supporting mysoju so much.

Here's to another year of great dramas! Thank you so much guys... CONGRATULATIONS! *hugz*

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Celebrating our 2nd anniversary and 50th completed project (Lobbyist). You rock, WITH S2!! *hugs and kisses*

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Happy second anniversary to everyone at WITH S2! ^ Congratulations, thundie!

Thank you for the great service that you are providing to countless K-drama viewers around the globe. Although you're individually known to us by the five-second credit flash on the screen, your works speak volume about your dedication, professionalism and generosity. I've no doubt that behind each downloaded .srt file are the many super duper cool individuals who took the time to share their talents. Thanks guys!

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Happy Anniversary WITH S2!

Words cannot sufficiently express how much I appreciate your effort and generosity.

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Happy Anniversary WITH S2!

and THANK YOU for all the hard work!

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Thank you, tealeaf.^^

News just in. 51st project (Insoon is Pretty) completed. WITH S2 was aiming for 50 completed projects by our 2nd birthday and we made it. Plus one.

Is today a great day or what? *pops champagne*

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Congratulations WITH S2 on your 2nd year anniversary! I am one of the many whom you made happy by your incessant generosity.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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Javabeans, are you in WITH S2 subbers?

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Congratulations..:)

Thank for all your hard work and I hope you countinue your hard work in the future to, because without you kdrama lovers will be lost... Thanks again....

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Thank you, thank you, and thank you With S2....you guys are the best, no words can describe how wonderful you guys are...:) Happy 2nd Anniversary....it's amazing that within a period of 2 years, you guys have subbed 51 subtitles, that's just unbelievable....You guys rock. Hopefully, more people will download instead of watching it from streaming sites and most importantly, less to zero people would stream using your English subs in the future.

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Happy 2nd anniversary, WITHS2! and thanks so much for bringing us excellent quality subs for all of us to enjoy. I can't thank you enough for your hard work and delication! I truly hope that the problems with streaming sites would resolve soon n people would stop uploading it since it affects all of us in many different ways. But once again, CONGRATS~! and WE LOVE YOU GUYS FOR YOUR EFFORTS!

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Happy Anniversary, WITH S2! You guys are brilliant & I am so sorry for all your troubles in bringing us non-Korean speakers some joy. Komasamidah (I know I spelt that wrongly ...), arigato, xie xie, danke schon, merci, gracias, shukran, etc. As with the rest ... YOU ROCK!

You too, Javabean!

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Thank you WITH S2!!!! Congratulations on your second year anniversary!!! Thank you for all your hard work subbing for us non-Korean speakers. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!

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thank you withs2 and happy happy birthday!!! i love you guys...
you are the most passionate people of all!!!

my obsession in K dramas will not be like this w/o your subs!!
i agree with javabeans... let's all use clubbox ... let's not upload raw files in MU and sendspace...

its amazing how all of you are so generous...
one suggestion... to encourage the use of your clubbox.. why don't you just upload them on clubbox... and do not provide direct links...

i love you guys!!

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Happy 2nd anniversary, WITH S2! May there be many more years of Korean drama fansubbing ahead of you!

Basically ALL I watch is Korean dramas that have been fansubbed by WITH S2. Am astounded at the amount of time, effort and energy you put into fansubbing. Simply can't thank you enough. You always chose great dramas, your fansubs are consistently well done and you are always reliable. You start a project? You finish the project - and often do so in an amazingly short period of time. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

(The very idea of life without WITH S2 makes my blood run cold! So, please do whatever you need to do to protect your fansubbing team! If this means halting subs on a regular basis - feel free!)

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Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary as well as the completion of your 51st subbed drama...thank you for sharing your time and effort in subbing kdramas so that people like me who can only understand a few Korean words are able to enjoy them as well..Looking forward to another year filled with subbed k-dramas...WITH S2 aja! aja! fighting!

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congrats!

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WithS2, I know thank you isn't enough, and I'd say it a thousand times if it would count. I appreciate your hard work and dedication SO much. It has brought me and so many others so much joy, being able to understand and truly enjoy the wonderful kdramas that you subbed. I am amazed and continue to be in awe of the amount of work you guys put in, and the great job you guys are doing!

So Happy Anniversary and all my very best wishes to all of you at WithS2. You guys make so many people happy. God Bless You All!

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lingling22 - Er, can I just ask you to hold you horses on the Clubbox thing please? There are quite a few of us who are Mac users and cannot access clubbox, ya know? I have been downloading from either torrent or Veoh (I promise only the raws, I do not even go and look at the Chinese subbed ones ... nods head vigorously with hand up). Occasionally, when I cannot find the torrent file, I resort to Sendpace because Megaupload hates my country.

So ... you see the problem now? Still, I do not know what the solution is to stop people from jeopardising things for all of us. I guess depending on human decency, cooperation & common sense is too uncommon to ask ...

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wait wait, uploading raws to sendspace/megaupload is FINE. Is the statement confusing? I'll reword. I appreciate everyone who goes out of their way to provide raws to fans who are unable to use clubbox. So to get raw files, one has the option of using CB, torrent files, or sendspace/etc.

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Happy Anniversary to team WithS2!

When i first starting watching KDrama on our local t.v. station, it was like having a relaxing drink of beer. Enjoyable, comfortable , and satisfying. As my addiction grew, I started buying complete box sets from various souces. That was a hit and miss crap shoot. Like getting a bottle "2 bucks chuck" wine, which is pretty good cheap wine to even sometimes wine in a box,which is pretty bad or finding a gem of a merlot. Then i discovered subtitles done by fan sub group WithS2. It was like someone gifted me with a bottle of cristal champagne. I am so happy that you decided to continue to release your fine work. Fan sub groups like you have taken subbing to an art form. and I appreciate it.

A toast to all of you at WithS2!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WITHS2!!!
Thanks to u guys it is possible for me to enjoy kdramas to their fullest. There are no words that will carry the true gratitude that I have for u guys. Wishing that all those problems get solve and many many yrs to come!! and once again THANK U GUYS SO MUCH!! for EVERYTHING!!!

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Thank you s2!!!Happy anniversary...Now i'm downloading BAD Love at torrent. I want to download this in send space and megaupload but concern about the quality..I will continue support you guys and keep the fansubbing alive by not download any hardsub drama.hwaiting s2!!!!

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☺♥☺♥☺ Happy Aniversary WITHS2!!! ☺♥☺♥☺
Thank you so so much for your continued efforts and hard work. I really appreciate your generosity and wish you the best 2008 can offer.

Is there anyway to stop these streaming sites, like mysoju, from harming the work WITHS2 does for us fans, other than sending messages?
It seems messages don't really work on these people.

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They do great work. happy Anniversary to them

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Happy to WithS2 team for your 2nd Anniversary and your great effort of 51 projects. I am Thai who cannot understand Korean at all but in my country the Korean series and pop culture are so popular. Many youngs become addicted to those series since Autumn Tale ^__^ Because of you gals, ppl like me can have an enjoyable time without paying so many DVDs and waiting so long for broadcasting release.

Thank you very much

Thai

- HAHA one more thing.... Those site like Youtube and Veoh have frequently been banned in Thailand because of so many inappropriate videos and political matter. So I have no chance to watch those series in the streaming sites.
- I heard that KST is planing to sub II Ji Mae SBS version... Will you sub it in KBS version? I am more interested in the latter version because it will be made by the same director and production team of Goong and Goong S. Also It would be more interesed if both of you will sub in different version... HAAAA what m I thinking..... Don't know OOOOPPPSS !!!! cross my finger

I am waiting for your subs in Bad Love and Robbers.. Fighting Fighting!!!

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Happy Aniversary WITHS2 !!! I love you guys a lot, whoever you are. My life would be maddeningly boring without you guys. Long live WITHS2 !! LOL

But...
Question !!!???? Is Uploading raw on veoh ok ? The download speed is quite fast and you can download the whole thing at once (don't have to wait for the slots in mega). It matches the subtitles as well. But I wonder if that is okay to you guys

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WITHS2, you folks are awesome! I have been appreciating your work for the last 2 years. My college age daughter is taking Korean and has translated for Japanese fansubs and she told me how hard translating is.
On a negative note- I hope I don't add to your headaches if I tell you that I purchased Coffee Prince DVD from DimsumDVDs- who usually have sucky subs- I think from Hong Kong- but I watched ep 1 and the subs were surprisingly good- and then....A WITHS2 banner popped up at the end of ep1 or 2 and I was outraged! Unfortunately I cannot return the DVD but I sent them an email that I will not buy from them ever again- cause they stole the subs! SPREAD THE WORD!PLEASE DO NOT BUY FROM DIMSUMDVDs! I am sorry I did!

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Wow, that's pretty bad. I was looking all over the place (not online though as I was in a hurry) for Coffee Prince with Eng subs but could find none. I was going to made a gift of it to a student as she's also an avid Korean & Japanese drama fan. But unable to find it, I did not even dare to make a copy of the WITH S2 subbed version for her as I did not want to cause any trouble. Ended up buying her the Chinese subbed version.

These peeps are just too much. Bloody cheeky.

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Congratulations to WITH-S2 on their anniversary! I greatly thank them for and admire their hard work and excellent results.
I greatly appreciate the subtitles and firmly believe fansubs like WITH-S2 should have no legal problem translating and distributing their subs, and should have no responsibility for the actions of others who try to capitalize on their work and distribute, stream or sell hardsubs with their sub titles, and should be able to stop those who do so. Moreover, should not these others be able to have the same legal pressure put on them that has been put on WIth-s2? That is, could fan sub groups work with those who object to the streaming and re-direct the heat on the streaming sites and distribution sites like mysoju?
I also wonder why is providing copyrighted raws without subtitles not problematic and not illegal, but providing them combined with subtitles written by others where many countries recognize the translators' copyright problematic? It seems capitalistic market values and fan sub values differ. Personally, I think that the former are often not fair or just, but the latter needs to become somehow (how?) more political to change laws in their favor.

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HAPPY 2ND ANNIVERSARY WITHS2! great to hear the subs are back (slooowwwly..hehe..but back none the less)... i hope the halt has help to send a clear message to the hardsubbers and may the people-who-wanted-to-shut-you-down...*phew,catch my breath*...leave u be.. i hope 2008 will be a good year for you! and for us!...who loves your subs...=)

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dearest WITHS2 you guys rock!! thanks for all your hardwork and the subbing. its been hard with everything im sure. its a really great help to all us kdrama lovers to be able to enjoy these dramas. i know i along with everyone else appreciate it a whole lot.

like you guys im sad these other people dont wanna listen. its like they dont even care. if they dont listen big things will happen. it will come to they wont have anything to upload.
i support you guys and hope that 2008 will be a good year for you. lets all keep fansubbing alive. withs2 fighting!!

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THANK YOU WITHS2 SUBBERS!
CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE IMMENSE JOB WELL DONE FOR THE PAST 2 YEARS AND HOPEFULLY MANY MANY MORE YEARS TO COME! WAH 51 COMPLETED PROJECTS!
I'm always amazed at the dedication and heart put into producing the subs by fansubbers - providing joy and entertainment to the masses (non Korean speakers) while sacrificing their own time, own sweat, own sleep, own energy to think ! Aisah I hereby present to you the award for "MOST SELFLESS K-DRAMA FANATICS OF THE CENTURY" ! ONWARD TO ANOTHER K-FAN-NA-TICAL YEAR!

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happy 2nd anniversary!
i cannot tell you just how much yall have impacted my life! i can finally bear the stress and work in my life b/c i know i can come home to AWESOME WITHS2 subs and dramas :)
keep up the hard work!
FIGHTING!
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and as for those distributors streaming your subs, maybe you could add a little "do not hardsub these subs" in the middle of the drama (since distributors usually cut out the beginning of the drama with that message) or one of those "if you purchased/watched this online with these subs you have been cheated!" messages?!?!
just my 2 cents ;-)

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HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY !!!!

You guys are great...keep up the good work and make this fansubbing alive forever....

thanx a million...ummmuuuaahhh

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congrats!

I am really happy for you that you survived the last two years

hope next year will be even better

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I love you guys and your hard work. It's a shame that there's stupid people out there who don't know how to respect your work. Keep up the good work. And if it counts, I've been spamming on mysoju.com daily to try to stop them.

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