36-Year-Old Unemployed Man Arrested for Uploading "Gintama" Manga

Another arrest case of a Japanese Share user

Only two days after the Berserk case, ACCS reported another illegal manga uploading arrest case in Japan. On February 10, Hiroshima Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Division and Saeki Station arrested a 36-year-old unemployed man from Higashi-ku, Hiroshima-city, on suspicion of copyright infringement (an infringement of public transmission rights), and referred the case to the Hiroshima District Court two days later.


The suspect is accused of using the file-sharing software Share (why they still using?) to upload the 1st to 10th volume of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga tankobon to the internet without the copyright holders' permission on December 18, 2013. He was sued by the publisher of the manga Shueisha and the manga creator. The police seized his PCs and evidences when they searched his house. As usual, the suspect has already confessed to his crime saying, "It's all correct that I did it."


The covers of the 1st and 10th volume of Gintama manga


Source: ACCS (The Association of Copyright for Computer Software)


Gintama images © Hideaki Sorachi/Shueisha



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