2 Arrested for Selling Modified Kamen Rider Figure
posted on 2011-01-19 23:43 EST by Egan Loo
Police in Niigata Prefecture arrested 35-year-old Shibata resident Keiichi Itō and 36-year-old Sanjō resident Jun Fujita on Tuesday for allegedly violating Japan's Copyright Act by auctioning a modified Kamen Rider W figure online. According to the police's announcement, the two men modified a figure into a Kamen Rider W villain character in November without the permission of Toei, the film company that owns Kamen Rider W's copyrights. The auction ended with a closing bid of 269,001 yen (about US$3,300) from a male buyer in Tokyo.
During the investigation, the two suspects allegedly said that since it was one handmade figure that was not a reproduction of a mass-produced figure, they though its sale would be overlooked.