On December 7, Tochigi Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese men, both residing in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, for selling a pirated hug pillow cover using an image of Nanoha Takamachi from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime series on an internet auction site in April. Hit the jump for more details.
On November 29, Gunma Prefectural Police arrested a 35-year-old newspaper delivery man from Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture, on suspicion of using the file sharing software Perfect Dark to illegally upload two files including the TV anime My Hero Academia onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Yotsuya Station exposed two game centers in Akihabara, then arrested their 68-year-old male owner and two managers for offering counterfeit items of popular anime series Love Live! as the prizes for the stores' crane game machines in May and October of this year. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) announced on November 10 that Miyagi Prefectural Police arrested a 51-year-old man from Kumagaya-city, Saitama Prefecture, for illegally uploading about 2,000 files (over three terabytes worth) of anime music and videos onto the internet for 10 years. Hit the jump for more details.
Despite the open warning from the production committee, he couldn't understand the criminality of his act. Shizuoka Prefectural Police announced yesterday that they had arrested a 54-year-old unemployed man for illegally uploading Makoto Shinkai's mega hit anime film Kimi no Na wa./your name. onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
In addition to the original official Twitter account, the production committee of Makoto Shinkai's mega hit anime film Kimi no Na wa./your name has opened another official account to post their messages to ask people not to watch the film by illegitimate means and requests to delete the tweets including links to illegal sites. Hit the jump for more details.
On September 28, Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese men for illegally uploading episodes of The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance and Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! TV anime to the internet without the copyright holders' permission. The two have admitted to the charges. Hit the jump for more details.
Ibaraki Prefectural Police yesterday arrested a 33-year-old male office worker from Miyagi Prefecture for selling cell phone cases and key cases using images from Love Live!, Love Live! Sunshine!!, Is the Order a Rabbit?, and Yowamushi Pedal without the respective copyright holders' permission at online shopping sites. Hit the jump for more details.
Yomiuri reported on Sunday that the Japanese Government's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will begin monitoring the internet by a specialist to strengthen measures against illegally copied and uploaded anime and films from the beginning of this week. Hit the jump for more details.
Yomiuri reported on April 7 that the Japanese Government has established a policy to revise the copyright law, in order to eliminate the so-called "Reach Site," which collect links to illegally uploaded anime and films. The policy was discussed at the 8th Next Generation Intellectual Property System Committee held in Tokyo yesterday. Hit the jump for more details.
According to the latest report from CODA (The Content Overseas Distribution Association), the damage caused by piracy of Japanese films, anime, broadcasting programs, music, and manga outside of Japan in 2014 was estimated at 288.8 billion yen (about 2.5 billion US dollars). Hit the jump for more details.
The Kyoto District Court sentenced Takehisa Hidaka, a 70-year-old Japanese employee at a delivery company, to 10 months in prison (suspended for three years). The defendant was accused of stealing copies of the Shonen Jump magazine before it was distributed in order to upload the One Piece manga chapters onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
At this time of year, Japanese Police have conducted an intensive investigation for illegal uploading of intellectual properties, such as anime, manga, films, and music. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on Friday that they arrested 44 people for copyright infringement in three days between February 16 and 18. Hit the jump for more details.
Osaka Prefectural Police's Anti Cybercrime Division arrested a 30-year-old unemployed man for illegally uploading the 38th volume of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga onto the internet on February 19. Meanwhile, Hokkaido Police also arrested a 23-year-old male construction worker for shoplifting of 41 volumes of the manga all at once. Hit the jump for more details.