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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.