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Man for Arrested Uploading Yo-kai Watch via Perfect Dark

posted on by Egan Loo
Allegedly used software that promised better anonymity than Share

Fukuoka Prefectural Police's cyber crime task force and the prefecture's Chikushino Station arrested 48-year-old office worker Kōichi Tachibana from Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture on Tuesday. He is suspected of using the file-sharing software Perfect Dark to distribute the Yo-kai Watch anime, a "mountain-themed movie," and other videos online on August 2 and August 9.

According to the police, the suspect admitted to using file-sharing software at least since 2011. Police confiscated his personal computer and hard disk in October.

Dozens of people have almost routinely been arrested for uploading anime and other content online in Japan, but there are only six 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, and one more this year. Tachibana's case is the first one of its kind from the Fukuoka Prefectural Police.

Sources: Yomiuri, Nishinippon Shimbun via Hachima Kikō

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