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Many (maybe even all) series on Crunchyroll (perhaps Hulu as well) for example have no subtitles for the opening and ending.

Why is this?

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it's probably going to look ugly having the default subtitle font all over the OP/ED –  Hakase Jun 13 '14 at 20:54
The short answer is, I believe, that translation rights for the OP/ED are separate from translation rights for the rest of the show. I'll expand on this later if nobody else does. –  senshin Jun 13 '14 at 21:44
If you'd like to read another person's version of the same answer, Justin Sevakis was recently asked this question on ANN (it's the last one on the page). –  Matt Nordhoff Jun 14 '14 at 3:40

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This was stated by the Support Manager??(or is that just a forum title) of Crunchyroll:

This involves getting the rights to the songs that are used as opening and endings for each show on the site.

So not only when licensing new simulcasts would we be going after the show but also the opening and ending songs.

A lot of bands are reluctant to let their songs be licensed as this means that the translation presented is -THE- official translation of the song.

Source: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-803435/so-crunchyroll-why-not-sub-op-and-ed-songs-as-well

He also backs that up at: http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-758633/are-cr-subs-lacking-a-bit

So he does seem to be a staff from Crunchyroll.

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