the recent licensing of One Piece and Full metal are what got me thinking about this.
Obviously by buying/viewing licensed anime through the proper channels you are supporting the anime makers and they can therefore afford to make more anime for our viewing pleasure. I suppose it also is an acceptance of the legal situation, because I assume many fansubbing groups are stationed in hte states and therefore they would easily be targetable for copyright violations. (I'm sure its a lot easier than for Japanese companies).
However, one of my main gripes is that the companies nearly always dub the shows they buy and imo it always sounds shit. Also I don't think shows licensed for US tv should stop fansubbing because we don't get it in Britain and I assume the same goes for every other english speaking part of the world.
The state of anime has changed greatly since the days when this self imposed rule was created, and theres no longer any need imo for such strong protection and endorsement of the animes that are licensed.
Personally if i'm not thoroughly hooked on an anime then once its licensed I don't go looking for dodgier fansubbing groups who are still churning it out. I do this not because i really agree, but more because it seems to be the way the anime community wants it to be. However, things like One Piece and Full Metal Alchemist, I'd still download because my curiousity gets the better of me.
I was just wondering what everyone else thinks of this, and how many people have qualms about downloading licensed stuff.