On April 18, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 33-years-old unemployed Korean man in Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi, on suspicion of selling 35 pirated DVDs to seven women in their twenties to forties via the Internet from September 20 in 2009 to October 2 in 2011. The pirated DVDs included the popular anime series Dragon Ball and the live-action adaptation of Satoru Hiura's manga Hotaru no Hikari. The price of the DVDs were 180 yen (US$2.21) to 500 yen (US$6.15). The suspect earned 11,780 yen (US$144.89) from them. He has admitted the charge. Furthermore, the police has suspected that he had sold 9,000 pirated DVDs to 500 people in 43 prefectures in Japan and had earned 15 million yen (US$185,000) since October 2007.
Nowadays it is impossible to find any pirated CD/DVDs at the retail stores in Japan. The stall keepers selling them have disappeared from the streets of the big cities like Tokyo and Osaka.
Will the Japanese police win the war against those illegal DVD sellers in the Internet?
Source: Sankei, NTV News 24
Dragon Ball image © Bird Studio/Shueisha/Fuji TV/Toei Animation
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