What's happening is this: Sony has already produced an English language dub (known as the much despised "Samurai X"), which is what is currently being sold to American distributors. Sony already has all distribution rights in America, and while the Columbia/TriStar International Television division is shopping it around to various networks and syndication services, Shiiki is negotiating with an existing anime distributor (which one is not known yet). The title "Samurai X" may be changed for the states, since it is well-known that this is not a well-accepted title by American fans. (This will be left up to the American distributor.)
According to Shiiki, a subtitled version will most likely be made available, but this is also up to the American distributor.
So what about the fansubber crackdown? "We understand that those activities without license is actually helping many Japanese programs become popular in the states amoung the deep fans," said Shiiki, "but we have to protect our program like you protect your baby. We have to keep the image of the program. We have to keep the market of the program. Due to that piracy, we encoutered a huge problem
The video release is predicted for this summer by Mr. Shiiki, who also added that this is also up to the distributor. However, since there is no post production left to be done, it is likely that the release will take less time than most releases.