Man Charged With Recording The Wind Rises With Camera in Glasses
posted on by Egan Loo
Gunma Prefectural Police's Community Safety Planning Division and Tomioka City Station sent 34-year-old unemployed Nabari City resident Hideaki Yamaoka to the Takasaki branch of the Maebashi District Prosecutor's Office for arraignment on February 12. Yamaoka is accused of violating the Copyright Law of Japan and the law against unauthorized movie recording. He will be the fourth known suspect accused of violating the movie recording law that went into effect in 2007, and he will be the first such suspect in Gunma.
According to the authorities' announcement, the suspect recorded The Wind Rises film with a camera in eyeglasses in a Mie Prefecture theater on August 1, 2013. He reportedly bought the camera from a mail-order company on the Internet. According to the investigation, the suspect said, "It was a favorite film of mine, which I saw 10 or more times. While watching the recorded footage at home, I felt a growing desire to let everyone see it early."
The suspect was originally arrested last month for uploading The Wind Rises and another anime film, Resident Evil: Damnation, on the servers of the foreign video-streaming site FC2.
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