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Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing One Piece, Gintama, Berserk Manga

posted on 2013-07-02 08:09 EDT

The man who had been arrested for illegally distributing manga has pleaded guilty to the charges against him. According to the police, Makoto Fujino scanned and uploaded the first 10 volumes of One Piece on December 14, 2012, and the first 10 volumes of Berserk on February 20, 2013. He allegedly offered the downloads as a limited-time bonus for members of his service, by sending them email messages with the addresses to download the scans.

Mr. Fujino's site has since been shut down.

The man was also arrested earlier last month for selling unauthorized copies of manga. The man allegedly burned digital data of manga scans onto DVD-R and sold them to customers through a website called "50SCANNER." According to the police, the man sold volumes 1 through 45 of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga on one DVD-R for 10,000 yen on January 22 to a man in Tokyo. He reportedly offered 84 other manga as well through his "retail digitizing service for grown-ups."

The copyright claim against the man was made by the manga creators and the publisher Shueisha.

Source: Nikkan Sports


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