For the three days from February 25 to 27, 45 Prefectural Police Departments across Japan (except Wakayama and Osaka) have conducted a wholesale arrest of internet users who uploaded anime, manga, music, and films illegally via file sharing software. According to the National Police Agency's February 28 press release, they searched 123 places and arrested 33 people on suspicion of copyright infringement (an infringement of public transmission rights) this time. 24 were Share users, 6 used Cabos, one for Perfect Dark and Winny, and one uploaded to the FC2 site.
The police have found the 2013 Hollywood film Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steels, and Japanese manga Initial D, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya had been uploaded to the internet without the permission from the copyright holders. This is the fifth nationwide roundup of the illegal sharing software users in Japan. In the February 2013 roundup, they arrested 27.
Also on February 28, Fukuoka Prefectural Police uniquely announced that they arrested three men from
Osaka, Nara, Aichi, on suspicion of using file-sharing software Cabos to upload Japanese idol singer Kyary
Pamyu Pamyu's 2013 5th single "Ninja Re Bang Bang" to the internet without the copyright holder's
permission. Then Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectuarl police announced the arrest of a 40-year-old
office worker who uploaded Sunrise's on-going TV anime Gundam Build Fighters and one other title.
Haruhi manga image
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