About 1,000 files were posted illegally from his PC
On April 14, Saitama Prefectural Police arrested a 33-year-old part-time male teacher at a private high school in Kanagawa Prefecture on suspicion of copyright infringement (infringement of public transmission rights).
The suspect is accused of using the file-sharing software Share to upload the digital edition of the first volume of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko's Basketball manga onto the internet without the permission of the copyright holders (Fujimaki and the publisher Shueisha) in January. He has already admitted his guilt. According to the police, he is also suspected to have posted about one thousand files of adult games and music from his PC.
Posting copyrighted materials (anime, films, TV programs, music, pages from magazines - especially
before its official release day) 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.
Kuroko's Basketball image © Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha