Detective Conan, XXX Holic, Yo-Kai Watch, The Wind Rises were illegally posted
For the three days from February 17 to 19, 38 Prefectural Police Departments across Japan conducted a wholesale arrest of internet users who had illegally uploaded anime, manga, music, TV drama and films via file sharing software, such as Share, Perfect Dark, Cabos and BitTorrent. It was the sixth nationwide roundup for this type of crime.
According to the National Police Agency's press release published on February 20, they searched 133 locations and arrested 40 people on suspicion of copyright infringement (infringement of public transmission rights) this time. The suspects were all males, in age of 21 to 65. At the same time of last year, they arrested 33 people, and this year's number was the largest ever. Share was the most used software by 31, followed by Perfect Dark (4), Cabos (3) and BitTorrent (2).
Japanese media have started reporting each arrest cases with the illegally uploaded materials, including
Detective Conan, XXX Holic, Yo-Kai Watch, Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, and Mobile Suit Gundam
UC Soundtrack. Probably more to come.
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 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 84,000 US dollars) in the worst case.
Detective Conan image © Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, TMS 1996