Gunma Prefectural Police announced on January 27 that they arrested a 34-year-old unemployed man from Nahari-city, Mie Prefecture, on suspicion of copyright infringement. The suspect is accused of posting footage from two films, including a 30-minute digest from Hayao Miyazaki's 2013 film The Wind Rises onto a video-sharing website FC2 without the copyright holders' permission in July and November 2013. This is the first arrest case for illegal uploading/posting of the most successful Japanese film of 2013.
The footage of The Wind Rises was surreptitiously filmed in a theater and Studio Ghibli, the production studio of the film, made a charge against him on January 6. The suspect has already confessed to his crime of posting the video (the news didn't say that he was also the one who filmed it in a theater). He said, "I was happy with the people's compliments. I wanted to be a popular guy." The film's DVD/Blu-ray
have not yet been released in Japan. The police is now investigating how he got the footage.
The Wind Rises image © 2013 Nibariki/GNDHDDTK