Japanese Magazine Staff Arrested for Bundling DVD-Ripping Software

posted on 2012-07-17 01:35 EDT
Sansai Books allegedly sold magazine with software to defeat copy protection

Police arrested four people on Tuesday for allegedly violating Japan's Copyright Law by including software for defeating video DVDs' copy protection in a magazine.

Yoshiaki Kaizuka, a 43-year-old manager at Sansai Books, and three others allegedly sold a magazine bundled with "ripping software" to a 38-year-old Saitama man and another person. The magazine was reportedly sold off the publisher's website between February 9 and April 21. The Japan Video Software Association reportedly warned the publisher at the end of last year, but the publisher continued to sell the magazine with ripping software.

Kaizuka allegedly admitted to the allegations under deposition, saying that he did so for corporate profit. About 4,000 copies of the magazine were sold so far for about 4 million yen (about US$51,000).

Sansai Books told Jiji Press that it is cooperating in the investigation, but otherwise refrained from commenting.

Source: Jiji Press via My Game News Flash

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