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.
Ishikawa Prefectural Police has arrested a 35-year-old male office worker on suspicion of uploading the 10th volume of Hajime Isayama's popular manga Attack on Titan to the internet without the copyright holder Kodansha's permission on December 20, 2013. Hit the jump for more details.
The Japanese official site for the ongoing TV anime Magimoji Rurumo has announced that it will collaborate with JIMCA (Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association, Inc.) for their anti-illegal downloading campaign scheduled to be held at the Comic Market 86 on August 15-17. Hit the jump for more details.
ACCS reported today that Okinawa Prefectural Police arrested a 48-year-old male contracted worker on suspicion of posting the 2013 film Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! B-class Gourmet Survival!! and 2011 OVA Black Jack Final Karte 11 onto video-sharing website FC2. Hit the jump for more details.
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.