Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's Yotsuya Station exposed two game centers in Akihabara, then arrested their 68-year-old male owner and two managers for offering counterfeit items of popular anime series Love Live! as the prizes for the stores' crane game machines. The police sent the three and two corporations that ran the stores to the public prosecutor's office on suspicion of violation of the copyright law (possessing for the purpose of distributing) today. One store is confirmed as Akihabara Crane Labo, and its official Twitter says it still opens today.
According to the police, the two stores offered about 140 pirated items, such as bags, lighters, and hug pillows, that were made without the permission from the copyright owners of the Love Live! franchise, on May 16 and October 28. The police found no legitimate products in the seized goods from the stores. All three have admitted the charge.
"We did it for making money. When we used legitimate items last September, the sales went down. So we
decided to offer pirated ones. The machines with the pirated items made 1.7 million yen (about 15,200 US
dollars) per week," the owner said to the police. It was the first time for the Metropolitan Police Department
to expose a game center for copyright law violation.
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