As we have reported, the Japanese police have no mercy for illegal anime uploaders. On April 15th, Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Control Office and Minami Station arrested a 34-year-old male temporary dispatch worker who lived in Toshima-ward, Tokyo, on suspicion of using the file-sharing software Share to upload three anime programs including the 8th episode of Accel World to the internet without copyright holders' permission between June to December in 2012. The police found about 1,100 anime files in his PC. The man admitted his crime and said that he started using the file-sharing software about four years ago and had uploaded 1,000 anime and visual works.
Uploading and downloading copyrighted materials without permission are illegal and we have seen so many arrest cases in Japan (check the list below). Knowing the risk of getting arrested, why do these people still upload anime titles to the Internet? What's your opinion?
Source: Yomiuri, Sankei, ACCS
Accel World image © Reki Kawahara/Ascii Media Works/AW Project
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