It seems like the Japanese police force has finally taken an official liking to the anime culture. After last week’s multiple arrests on games, anime and sharing accusations, this week we start off with yet another two arrests because of anime.
The first one was reported from Kanagawa Prefecture where a 35-year-old man who works in Odawara City was arrested under suspicion of selling and/or auctioning via phone pirated anime. He is reported to have also sold the first volumes of both Sengoku Basara and Pokemon: The First Movie among other titles. According to the police, the sales have been going on from November 2010 up until August 2011 in which period he had earned about 50,000 euro. Just don’t ask the police why they needed to much time and let the man steal as much money from the original copyright owners.
The second instance is from Hyougou Prefecture where a 27-year-old male from Kawabe District who, according to the Association of Copyright for Computer Software, has uploaded and shared illegally copies of Suite Precure episode 23 and Danbouru Senki episode 17. According to the released police statement, the culprit was keeping over 2,400 separate files uploaded on a specific internet sharing web page, making more than 3.5 TB of digital space.
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