The criminal act can result in a 10-year jail sentence
JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) reported on June 4 that Aomori Prefectural Police's Anti-Cybercrime Division and its Hachinohe Station arrested a 45-year-old male office worker on suspicion of copyright infringement (infringement of public transmission rights). The case was sent to the Aomori District Public Prosecutors Office's Hachinohe division on the following day.
According to the police, the suspect had used the file-sharing software Share for over 10 years, though knowing it automatically uploaded the files in his PC that he had downloaded. As the result, he had shared about 2,000 song-worth data, including the popular songs when he was a teenager, robot anime videos and their theme songs, on the internet without the permissions of the respective copyright holders.
JASRAC was established in 1939 as the first music copyright management organization (CMO) in Asia
and as the sole copyright administration organization in Japan.
*thumbnail image: King Records "Robot Anime Taikan"