Will 2012 be the busiest year for the anti-piracy units of Japanese police? On March 6, Cyber Crime Section of Consumer and Economic Division of Hokkaido Police arrested a 22-year-old college student from Kurume-city, Fukuoka, on suspicion of selling 31 pirated anime DVD-Rs via a BBS site for private sales without the permission from the copyright holders from April 19 to June 5 in 2011.
The pirated anime titles included Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Toei's Dragon Ball GT: A Hero's Legacy and TMS Entertainment's Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky. He sold the 31 discs to three people (one in Hokkaido) for 13,500 yen (approximately US$165.42). He has admitted the charge and confessed that he wanted to make some pocket money by selling the discs. The police suspects he had earned at least one million yen
(approximately US$12,252) since February 2011.
Dragon Ball GT image © Bird Studio/Shueisha/Fuji TV/Toei Animation
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