Police Sergeant Charged With Recording Nanoha 2nd Film
posted on by Egan Loo
Police in Fukushima Prefecture announced on Thursday that they charged a 38-year-old male expressway police sergeant on October 22 with violating Japan's Copyright Act. The suspect is accused of recording the anime film Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's in a theater. Due to the charges, the police disciplined the sergeant by reducing his salary by 1/10th for one month on Wednesday.
According to the investigators, the suspect recorded the film with a portable audio player and a digital camera on three occasions in July and August in theaters in Fujishima City and Sendai City. The suspect reportedly said that he recorded the film to watch in his own home.
According to the police, the theater staff witnessed the suspect setting up his camera in his seat at a Fukushima City theater on August 23.
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Update: A man in Nakano City was charged with recording the audio from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer and SP The Motion Picture: Yabō-Hen with his mobile phone in 2011. Japan had just passed a law against hidden recording devices in movie theaters. Since the law went into effect, Japanese movie theaters have regularly shown public service announcements to remind viewers of the law.
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