Using the Perfect Dark file-sharing program since 2011
Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Cyber Crime Prevention Division and its Tsukushino station arrested a 48-year-old male office worker from Toride-city, Tottori Prefecture, on suspicion of copyright infringement (infringement of public transmission rights) on November 11.
The suspect is accused of using the file-sharing program Perfect Dark to upload an episode of popular TV anime Yo-Kai Watch and a mountain-themed title (Encouragement of Climb, perhaps?) from his PC to the internet without the respective copyright holders' permission on August 2 and 9.
After finding the illegal act, the prefectural police searched his house and seized his PCs and hard disks in October. He has already admitted his charge and said that he had used the file-sharing program since 2011. This is the first case for the prefectural police to arrest a Perfect Dark user.
No matter whether it is for profit or non-profit purposes, posting copyrighted materials (anime, films, TV
programs, music, manga pages from the magazines or tankobon) onto the internet without the copyright
holder's permission is illegal in Japan. The criminal act can result in a 10-year jail sentence or a fine of 10
million yen (about US$86,700) in the worst case.
Yo-Kai Watch image © LEVEL-5/Yo-Kai Watch Project, TV Tokyo