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.
On May 19, Okinawa Prefectural Police arrested a 50-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of copyright infringement for illegally sharing more than 10 manga episodes, including the 84th chapter of Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger. Hit the jump for more details of the crime.
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.