"I wanted to make other users pleased."
On May 19, Okinawa Prefectural Police's Public Security Division and its Naha Station arrested a self-proclaimed 50-year-old unemployed man in Saitama Prefecture on suspicion of copyright infringement (infringement of public transmission rights).
The suspect is accused of using the file-sharing software PerfectDark to upload more than 10 manga episodes from several publishers onto the internet without the permission of the copyright holders from October 13, 2014, to January 29, 2015. He has already admitted his guilt and said that he wanted to make other file-sharing software users pleased.
The illegally uploaded manga titles by him:
"Ginkai no Speed Star" (Michiharu Kusunoki)
"Asahinagu" (Ai Kozaki)
"Kedamame" (Yukio Tamai)
"The Tenth Prisom" (Masahito Soda)
"Boukyaku no Sachiko" (Jun Abe)
"World Trigger" (Daisuke Ashihara)
"Iinazuke Kyoutei" (Fukudaada)
"Inugami-san to Sarutobi-kun wa Naka ga Warui." (Roku Tachibana)
"Houzuki-san Chi no Aneki (+Imouto)" (Ran Igarashi)
"Boku Dake ga Inai Machi" (Kei Sanbe)
"Hanebado!" (Kousuke Hamada)
"Vinland Saga" (Makoto Yukimura)
"Namiyo Kiitekure" (Hiroaki Samura)
"Kin no Kanojo Gin no Kanojo" (Maruboro Akai)
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.
"World Trigger" manga image © Daisuke Ashihara/Shueisha