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    Thursday June 11, 2020
  • Japan Enacts New Copyright Laws to Curb Illegal Manga Downloading

    The new laws go in effect on October 1, 2020, and January 1, 2021

    The Japanese government recently passed two new amendments to existing copyright laws to tackle the growing issue of illegal downloading of manga in Japan, along with magazines and academic texts. The existing copyright laws in Japan already covered music, movies, and anime, but these new laws are focused on the digitalization of print media, mainly manga. Check out what the new laws entail after the jump.

  • Friday February 2, 2018
  • Japanese Police Arrested Five Members of Chinese Manga Scanlation Group

    The first arrest of the infamous group's members in Japan

    Five prefectural police departments in Kyoto, Yamaguchi, Shizuoka, Mie, and Shimane announced on January 31 that they had arrested five Chinese men and women in age of 23-28 years on charges of copyright infringement. The five are accused of posting illegally translated Japanese manga, game, and game magazines onto the internet without their copyright holders' permission. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Monday December 25, 2017
  • Another Man Found Guilty for Uploading "One Piece" Manga before Official Release Day

    The judge says, "The degree of infringement of copyright was serious."

    Following the arrest by the prefectural police in September, the Kumamoto district court yesterday judged 30-year-old male self-employed worker from Okinawa, Yo Uehara, guilty for illegally uploading Eiichiro Oda's popular manga series One Piece onto the internet. The court gave him a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment with a fine of 500,000 yen, as demanded by the prosecutor. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Wednesday December 6, 2017
  • Two Men Uploaded "Yowamushi Pedal," "The Seven Deadly Sins" Manga Found Guilty in Japan

    The two are sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment with a fine of 500,000 yen

    Following the trial on Tuesday, the Morioka district court in Iwate Prefecture yesterday judged two Japanese men guilty for illegally uploading two popular Japanese manga, Wataru Watanabe's Yowamushi Pedal and Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins, onto a foreign site from June to July of this year. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Wednesday September 6, 2017
  • Japanese Police Arrest Five People who Posted Scanned Pages of "One Piece" Manga before Release Day

    The suspects are confirmed to have earned over 3.48 million US dollars in total

    Several major Japanese news media reported on Wednesday that Kumamoto Prefectural Police arrested five people who posted scanned pages of Eiichiro Oda's internationally popular manga One Piece on their illegal "netabare" (spoilers) sites before the magazine's official release day in Japan. Hit the jump for more details of the crime.

  • Thursday May 11, 2017
  • Unemployed Man Arrested for Selling Fake Autographs of Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai

    "I drew them by myself to get my living and amusement expenses."

    Okayama Prefectural Police announced on May 10 that they arrested a 32-year-old unemployed man from Hino-city, Tokyo, for selling fake autographed colored papers of famous Japanese anime/manga creators including Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro) and Makoto Shinkai (Your Name.) on internet auction sites. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Saturday April 8, 2017
  • FEATURE: Manga-Anime Guardians Project : Takanori Nishikawa Councillor Inauguration Ceremony at Anime Japan 2017

    "I believe that it’s important for us to focus on protecting authorized content.”

    As previously reported, 46-year-old Japanese rock singer Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) joined the Anime Japan 2017 event to attend his inauguration ceremony as councillor for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project on March 26. Check out the report and photos from the event after the jump.

  • Monday April 3, 2017
  • Japanese Police Staff Member Arrested for Stealing 25 Anime Rental DVDs

    "I thought it would be a waste of money if I rent them."

    On April 3, Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested a 42-year-old man for stealing 25 anime DVDs at a rental DVD store in Hiratsuka-city in the prefecture immediately following the crime. The suspect is a technical staff member of the Yokohama Harbor Police Station. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Wednesday March 22, 2017
  • Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) to be Appointed as Councillor for Manga-Anime Guardians Project

    His inauguration ceremony will be held at anime Japan 2017 on Match 26

    Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy Committee announced today that 46-year-old Japanese rock singer Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) will be appointed as the Councillor for the Manga-Anime Guardians Project at the upcoming Anime Japan 2017 event. The project was launched in July 2014 as the first cross-industry anti-piracy measures for manga and anime. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Monday February 27, 2017
  • Chinese Court Finds Pirate Manga Site Guilty of Uploading 5,216 Japanese Titles

    Two owners are sentenced to three years in jail with a fine of 142,560 US dollars

    The Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA) reported on February 24 that three defendants were found guilty this month in the Wenjiang District Court in Chengdu City, China, of operating a pirate manga site. This is the first criminal case in China for infringement of copyright of Japanese manga works. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Tuesday February 21, 2017
  • Three More Share Users Arrested for Illegally Uploading "Your Name."

    Production Committee has been asking people not to watch the film by illegal means

    Osaka Prefectural Police announced yesterday that they had arrested three men in the prefecture on suspicion of infringing the copyright of Makoto Shinkai's anime film Kimi no Na wa./Your Name. by using the file-sharing software Share to upload the film's file onto the internet and made it downlodable to the general public. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Friday February 17, 2017
  • Kyoto Police Arrested Chinese Man for Illegally Uploading "Ange Vierge" Anime Episode

    A member of the infamous Chinese fansub group "Subtitle Team"

    Japanese police's investigation against anime piracy still continues. Kyoto Prefectural Police yesterday arrested a 26-year-old Chinese man for uploading an illegally downloaded file of the fifth episode of the TV anime Ange Vierge onto to the internet using a file sharing software last summer. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Thursday December 8, 2016
  • Two Chinese Men Arrested for Selling Fake "Lyrical Nanoha" Hug Pillow

    "We didn't know it was illegal."

    On December 7, Tochigi Prefectural Police arrested two Chinese men, both residing in Arakawa Ward, Tokyo, for selling a pirated hug pillow cover using an image of Nanoha Takamachi from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha anime series on an internet auction site in April. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Wednesday November 30, 2016
  • 35-Year-Old Man Arrested for Uploading "My Hero Academia" Anime via Perfect Dark

    Second arrest for "your name." illegal uploading is also reported

    On November 29, Gunma Prefectural Police arrested a 35-year-old newspaper delivery man from Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture, on suspicion of using the file sharing software Perfect Dark to illegally upload two files including the TV anime My Hero Academia onto the internet. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Tuesday November 29, 2016
  • Tokyo Police Exposed Game Centers in Akihabara for Offering Counterfeit "Love Live!" Prizes

    Crane machines with the pirated goods made 1.7 million yen per week

    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 in May and October of this year. Hit the jump for more details.