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.
Kyodo News has reported that Hokkaido Prefectural Police's Iwamizawa Station arrested a 53-year-old male construction worker from Fukushima Prefecture for selling three mouse pads using anime character images including from Sword Art Online via an internet auction site between November 2014 and June 2015. Hit the jump for more details.
On December 2, the joint investigation headquarters consisting of police headquarters in Kyoto, Shimane, Yamaguchi and Kochi arrested a 38-year-old male office worker from Osaka-city for posting the first and another one episode of the GATE TV anime onto video-sharing website FC2 without the copyright holder's permission. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the first case reported last Saturday, Kyoto Prefectural Police also arrested another two Chinese exchange students for posting the latest chapter of Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins manga onto a foreign manga pirate site before its release day in Japan last month. Hit the jump for more details.
Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested four men on suspicion of copyright infringement on November 13. The suspects are accused of posting Japanese manga episodes on a manga pirate site before their official release day in Japan. Hit the jump for more details.
Gifu Prefectural Police arrested a 45-year-old male office worker from Hashimoto-city, Wakayama Prefecture, on suspicion of copyright infringement for illegally sharing three episodes of the One Piece TV anime on the internet. Hit the jump for more details on the crime.
A joint investigation team of Ibaraki and Kagoshima Prefectural Police arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of copyright infringement and trademark infringement on July 6. The suspect reportedly sold pirated badges of the popular anime series Love Live! via the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) reported on June 4 that Aomori Prefectural Police arrested a 45-year-old male office worker for illegally posting robot anime videos and their theme songs onto internet. Hit the jump for more details.