The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) announced on March 14th that they have filed lawsuits against two persons in Wakayama and Kagoshima prefecture who used file-sharing software to upload popular Japanese songs, anime theme songs, and TV programs administered by JASRAC to the internet without the permission. Hit the jump for more details.
Japanese police announced yesterday that they searched 124 places in Japan and arrested 27 people in three days from February 19th to 21st on suspicion of using file-sharing software to upload anime, manga, music videos, and video games to the internet without the permission from the copyright holders. Hit the jump for more details.
On October 30th, Hiroshima Prefectural Police arrested a 45-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the episodes of the TV anime series Sankarea and Eureka Seven:AO to the internet without the permission from the copyright holders. Hit the jump for more details.
A new Japanese law taking effect today is set to punish the downloaders and not just the uploaders of pirated material. To stem copying of music and movies, possession of pirated content can now be punishable by up two years in prison and fines of nearly 2 million yen (U.S. $25,679). More after the jump.
By September 28th, the Yamaguchi prefectural police arrested two men from Yamaguchi on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload Eureka Seven: AO and Mardock Scramble: The First Compression to the Internet illegally. One of the suspect had been called "God" among the fans. Hit the jump for more details.
On September 26th, the Shizuoka prefectural police arrested two men for suspicion of selling pirated Evangelion goods by toy capsule vending machines. Those pirated goods were manufactured at the employment support facility for people with disabilities that one of the suspects owned. Hit the jump for more details.
The Metropolitan Police Department of Japan announced today that they arrested a 21-year-old vocational college student of Chinese nationality on suspicion of possession of 85 pirated One Piece figures for the purpose of selling. The suspect admitted that he had sold 1,300 pirated figures imported from China on internet auction sites. More after the jump.
What better way to combat piracy than with the power of comics? The Japan Association of Music Enterprises created and posted "Music Moral Keepers," an anti-piracy web manga that tackles one of the music industry's greatest woes. Dig the plight of indie band Creek Machine Guns in our handy translation after the jump!
Japanese police didn't want to give Golden Week, a collection of four national holidays, to anime criminals. On April 26, Cyber Crime Section of Fukuoka Prefectural Police arrested a 40-years-old pharmacist on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the episodes of Heartcatch PreCure! and ONE PIECE to the Internet. Check the details after the jump.
On April 18, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 33-years-old unemployed Korean man in Utsunomiya-city, Tochigi, on suspicion of violating copyright laws. The man reportedly had sold 9,000 pirated DVDs to 500 people in Japan including the popular anime series Dragon Ball and the live-action adaptation of Satoru Hiura's manga Hotaru no Hikari. Check the details of the case after the jump.
Don't worry, Japanese police is still working diligently to find illegal uploaders. On April 9, Cyber Crime Section of Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested a 34-years-old office worker who uploaded the 24th episode of Toaru Majutsu no Index II, two video games Biohazard 4/Resident Evil 4 and Nobunaga's Ambition: Kakushin. Hit the jump for more details.
Will 2012 be the busiest year for the anti-piracy units of Japanese police? On March 6, Cyber Crime Section of Consumer and Economic Division of Hokkaido Police arrested a 22-year-old college student from Kurume-city, Fukuoka, on suspicion of selling pirated anime DVD-Rs without the permission from the copyright holders from April 19 to June 5 in 2011. More details after the jump.
Japanese police has been chasing after not only illegal anime uploaders but also manga uploaders persistently. On February 28, Cyber Crime Section of Hiroshima Prefectural Police arrested a 25-year-old grad student from Sanyoonoda-city, Yamaguchi, on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload the fourth episode of the manga series Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai+ to the Internet. More details after the jump.
On February 23, Community Safety Planning Division of Gunma Prefectural Police and Maebashi station arrested a 44-year-old office worker from Sapporo-city, Hokkaido, on suspicion of posting the 10th episode of the popular tokusatsu series Kamen Rider Fourze on a Korean video sharing site Pandora TV without the permission from the copyright holder, Toei. More details after the jump.
Yet some people don't stop illegal anime uploading. On February 21, Tochigi Prefectural Police arrested a 27-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of using Share file-sharing software to upload one episode of the popular anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica to the Internet around November 16, 2011. More details after the jump.