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.
ACCS reported on June 10th that Yamagata Prefectural Police arrested a 43-year-old unemployed man on June 6th on suspicion of posting the ninth episode of TV anime Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! onto a video-sharing website FC2 without the copyright holder of the anime, Kyoto Animation's permission. Hit the jump for more details.
The endless war between the Japanese police and illegal anime/manga uploaders still continues. ACCS (Association of Copyright for Computer Software) reported today that Shimane Prefectural Police arrested a 43-year-old male office worker who uploaded the second volume of Yokusaru Shibata's 81diver manga to the internet. Check the details after the jump.
As we have reported, the Japanese police have no mercy for illegal anime uploaders. On April 15th, Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Control Office and Minami Station arrested a 34-year-old male temporary dispatch worker on suspicion of uploading three anime programs including the 8th episode of Accel World to the Internet. Hit the jump for more details.
ACCS (Association of Copyright for Computer Software) reported on April 15th that Fukuoka prefectural police referred a 39-year-old unemployed man who illegally uploaded anime, manga, and video games to the internet to the Fukuoka district public prosecutor's office on 11th. He turned himsel in to the police last December. Hit the jump for more details.
Say you've been slaving away drawing steamy scenes between Madoka Magica's Mami and Pokemon's Ash, take a break and discover that Google searches are returning links to pirated versions of your doujinshi. How do you address that injustice? Nounanka has the solution, and, in manga-ish form, has instructed the artists on Japanese online community Pixiv how to send a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint. Get a look after the jump.