Man Arrested for Auctioning Pirated Anime for 5 Million Yen

posted on by Egan Loo

On September 30, police in Kanagawa Prefecture arrested a 35-year-old male part-time worker from the prefecture's Odawara City on suspicion of selling pirated anime, mainly to users of auctions sites via mobile phones.

The suspect allgedly sold Case Closed The Movie: The Time Bombed Skyscraper and other titles on 15 DVD-Rs to a female buyer from Chiba Prefecture for 3,600 yen (about US$47) around May 6. The suspect also allegedly sold the first volume of Sengoku Basara, Pokemon: The First Movie, Case Closed The Movie: The Time Bombed Skyscraper, and other titles on 115 DVD-Rs around August 3.

According to the police investigation, the suspect allegedly sold pirated titles from last November to this past August to 2,100 people for about 5 million yen (US$65,000). Police seized a personal computer, a duplicator, and other equipment after a search of the suspect's home in August.

Source: Association of Copyright for Computer Software

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