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Man Arrested for Uploading Gundam UC #3 on Nico Nico

posted on 2011-08-23 02:00 EDT
Police: 1st arrest for unauthorized uploading of anime to video-sharing site

Police in Tachikawa arrested Kenji Igarashi, a 46-year-old unemployed suspect from the town of Ikeda in Nagano Prefecture on Tuesday, on suspicion uploading an episode of the newest Gundam anime without permission to the video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga. According to the police, the arrest is Japan's first for unauthorized uploading of anime on a video-sharing site.

The suspect allegedly uploaded the third volume of Mobile Suit Gundam UC, "The Ghost of Laplace," from his personal computer around 10:25 p.m. on March 7. According to the police, the suspect said that the episode was originally downloaded from an Internet site. (The anime had just opened in Japanese theaters on March 5.)

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun via Hachima Kikō


This article has a follow-up: Man Sentenced for Uploading Gundam UC #3 on Nico Nico (2011-11-07 04:29)

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