The first arrest case of a member of the infamous fansub group
On September 28, Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese men for illegally uploading episodes of The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance and Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! TV anime to the internet without the copyright holders' permission. One is a 30-year-old office worker in Yokohama who posted the Arslan footage in July, another is a 20-year-old university student in Tokyo who posted Prisma Illya in August. According to the police, the two have admitted to the charges.
The university student claims himself as a member of a Chinese fansub group called "字幕組" (Subtitle Team), and this is the first arrest case of its member in Japan.
No matter whether it is for profit or non-profit purposes, posting copyrighted materials (anime, films, TV programs, music, pages from the magazines before and after published) to 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 US$98,500) in the worst case.