Oita Prefectural Police's Consumer and Environmental Protection Division has arrested a 39-year-old male office worker from Fukuoka Prefecture on suspicion of uploading episodes of popular TV anime including Attack on Titan and One Piece to the internet without the respective copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
Kyoto Prefectural Police yesterday arrested a 31-year-old male office worker who had a Chinese citizenship for selling pirated figures of Boa Hancock, one of the popular female characters in Eiichiro Oda's One Piece series. Those figures were customized to be able to remove her outfits. Hit the jump for more story.
It seems like illegal users of the soft are the only target for Japanese police. On May 27, Shiga Prefectural Police arrested a 41-year-old unemployed man from Kyoto Prefecture on suspicion of uploading the episodes of five TV anime including K-ON!! without the copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
The Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) reports today on May 26 that Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Division arrested a 45-year-old male office worker from Tochigi Prefecture on suspicion of uploading four TV anime episodes without the respective copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on May 13 that they arrested a 38-year-old unemployed man from Kagawa Prefecture for uploading the episodes of Dokidoki! PreCure TV anime to the internet using the file-sharing software Perfect Dark. Hit the jump for more story.
The cultural products of "Cool Japan" are viewed as a key economic engine for Japan, and anime and manga viewed as a key element of "Cool Japan" intellectual property. So, to protect them, Japan’s Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have concluded an agreement to work together. More after the jump.
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. They arrested 33 people this time. Hit the jump for more details.
Only two days after the Berserk case, ACCS reported another illegal manga uploading arrest case in Japan. On February 10, Hiroshima Prefectural Police arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man for uploading the 1st to 10th volume of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga tankobon to the internet. Hit the jump for more story.
On February 7, Fukuoka Prefectural Police arrested a 47-year-old unemployed man from Tokyo on suspicion of using the file-sharing software Share to upload the 37th volume of Kentaro Miura's popular manga Berserk to the internet 10 days after the official release day in Japan. Hit the jump for more details.
Gunma Prefectural Police announced on January 27 that they arrested a 34-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of posting a 30-minute digest footage from Hayao Miyazaki's 2013 film The Wind Rises onto a video-sharing website FC2. The footage was surreptitiously filmed in a theater. Hit the jump for more details.
It seems that Japanese police's cyber patrol units have been very active recently. On November 27, Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Division arrested a 43-year-old self-employed man on suspicion of uploading the 12th episode of Kyoto Animation's Tamako Market TV anime. Hit the jump for more details.
On November 20, Shimane Prefectural Police's Consumer and Environmental Division arrested a 39-year-old male Japan Maritime Self Defense officer on suspicion of uploading the 1996 anime film Black Jack: The Movie to the internet without the copyright holder Tezuka Productions' permission. Hit the jump for more details.
On October 25, Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Control Office and Kamakura Station referred a 32-year-old male office worker to the Yokohama district public prosecutor's office on suspicion of using the file-sharing software Share to upload the 10th episode of the Minami-ke Tadaima TV anime to the internet. Hit the jump for more details.
On September 25, Hiroshima Prefectural Police arrested a 39-year-old female company president on suspicion of selling four unauthorized cosplay jackets of the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger characters. The company had produced more than 4,000 cosplay costumes without the permission of the copyright owners and earned about 300,000,000 yen (US$ 3 million) in five years. Hit the jump for more details.
Hokkaido Prefectural Police arrested a 26-year-old unemployed man on July 17 on suspicion of selling mouse pads featuring Amnesia anime characters without the copyright holder's permission. The anime adaptation of the popular PSP otome game was produced early this year. Hit the jump for more details.