Man Arrested for Selling Pirated "Sword Art Online" Mouse Pads

53-year-old construction worker in Fukushima Prefecture

Kyodo News has reported that Hokkaido Prefectural Police's Iwamizawa Station arrested a 53-year-old male construction worker from Minamisouma-city, Fukushima Prefecture, on suspicion of copyright infringement on February 7. According to the police, the suspect sold three mouse pads using anime character images, including from Sword Art Online whose copyright is owned by Kadokawa, without permission via an internet auction site between November 2014 and June 2015.

 

In Japan, copyright infringement carry a maximum 10 year prison sentence and a 10 million yen (about 85,400 US dollars) fine.

 

 

Source: Kyodo News via: Nikkan Sports

"Sword Art Online" anime image (C)2014 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA Ascii Media Works/SAO Project


 

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