On April 14, Saitama Prefectural Police arrested a 33-year-old part-time teacher at a private high school in Kanagawa Prefecture on suspicion of copyright infringement for illegally sharing the digital edition of the first volume of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko's Basketball manga. Hit the jump for more details of the crime.
On March 23, Chiba Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Division arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man from Tokyo on suspicion of copyright infringement for illegally sharing the 197th episode of Shinobu Kaitani's manga series Liar Game. Hit the jump for more details.
The Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) today published a press release about their booth and exhibits for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project at the upcoming Anime Japan 2015 event. It reports a part of the result of the project's anti-manga/anime piracy operation since last August. Hit the jump for more.
For the three days from February 17 to 19, 38 Prefectural Police Departments across Japan conducted a wholesale arrest of internet users who had illegally uploaded anime, manga, music, TV drama and films via file sharing software. They arrested 40 people this time, the largest ever. Hit the jump for more details.
The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested a 45-year-old male part-time worker on suspicion of carrying 53 pirated stickers of popular anime series including Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Piece, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica, for selling purpose in Akihabara, Tokyo, last October. Hit the jump for more details.
Tochigi Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Prevention Division yesterday arrested a 43-year-old government official for posting two episodes of Sunrise's popular OVA series Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn onto video-sharing website FC2. The suspect is an official at the Kanto Regional Finance Bureaus. Hit the jump for more details.
Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Prevention Division arrested a 48-year-old male office worker on suspicion of using the file-sharing program Perfect Dark to upload an episode of popular TV anime Yo-Kai Watch to the internet without the copyright holder's permission. Hit the jump for more details.
On October 29, Okayama Prefectural Police's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division and its Misaki station arrested a 45-year-old male office worker for selling one dollar bills with the character images of the popular anime series One Piece via an internet auction site. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese government's M.A.G. (Manga-Anime Guardians) Project has launched a new promotional campaign called "Join Us, Friends." Every time the campaign site gets its "join" button pushed 50,000 or 100,000 times, a new popular anime/manga character will be added to the main illustration. Hit the jump for more details.
ACCS reported today on September 17 that Hokkaido Prefectural Police arrested a 46-year-old unemployed man from Nishi Tokyo-city for posting the first episode of the 2014 TV anime Maken-Ki! Two onto a video-sharing website FC2 without the copyright holder's permission. Hit the jump for the full story.
It has been quiet for a while, but it doesn't mean the Japanese police forget their job. Two Japanese men were reportedly arrested for uploading manga files including Berserk, K-ON!, and Working! to the internet using the file-sharing software Share without the respective copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
Following the scoop by NHK yesterday, Japanese government's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) today officially revealed the details of its Manga-Anime Guardians Project, the first cross-industry anti-piracy measures for manga and anime. Read their statement after the jump.
In cooperation with 15 major anime production companies and manga publishers, the Japanese government will next month start a huge extermination operation against 580 foreign sites which have illegally uploaded anime and manga contents on the web, NHK reported on July 28. Hit the jump for more details.