Man Arrested for Uploading Precure, Aikatsu via Perfect Dark

posted on by Egan Loo
Allegedly uploaded 800 episodes with software that promised better anonymity than Share

Tokyo Metropolitan Police's cyber crime task force arrested 38-year-old unemployed Tomohiro Ogawa from Miki, Kagawa Prefecture on Tuesday. He is suspected of using the file-sharing software Perfect Dark to distribute the second Dokidoki! Precure anime episode online from his home personal computer last December. According to the police, the suspect admitted to uploading the anime for the enjoyment of others. He is also accused of uploading about 800 episodes, including more Precure, Aikatsu, and other anime, between August 2008 and February of this year, and those files were allegedly downloaded about 225,000 times without authorization.

Dozens of people have almost routinely been arrested for uploading anime and other content online in Japan, but there are only five known cases in the past where a person was arrested for using Perfect Dark, a "next-generation" program with more robust anonymity features planned than its predecessors like Share. (The Perfect Dark file-sharing program has no relation to the Nintendo 64/Xbox Live Arcade game of the same name.) In 2010, two men and one woman were arrested on charges of uploading anime online via Perfect Dark. Two more users were arrested last year.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Yomiuri

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