At this time of year, Japanese Police have conducted an intensive investigation for illegal uploading of intellectual properties, such as anime, manga, films, and music. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department announced on Friday that they arrested 44 people for copyright infringement in three days between February 16 and 18. Hit the jump for more details.
Osaka Prefectural Police's Anti Cybercrime Division arrested a 30-year-old unemployed man for illegally uploading the 38th volume of Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom manga onto the internet on February 19. Meanwhile, Hokkaido Police also arrested a 23-year-old male construction worker for shoplifting of 41 volumes of the manga all at once. Hit the jump for more details.
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.