Three People Arrested for Posting One Piece Manga Scans Before Publication.

Three People Arrested for Posting One Piece Manga Scans Before Publication.

According to report, Japanese police arrest 3 suspects for violating the Copyright Act by allegedly scanning and uploading Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga from Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine online, before the manga's chapters release date.





Japanese police arrested Yō Uehara (30), Shizuka Nagaya, (23) and Ryōji Hottai ( 31) from Prefecture... Uehara and Nagaya have been getting copies of Weekly Shonen Jump from stores that sell copies early, then scan chapters of the manga and upload them online. The trio have earned about US$687,150 through website ads from the scans. Hottai, who the police says have been uploading the scans to his own website as well, may have made US$2.80 million from this site over three years.

Shueisha commented on the arrests, saying that it "expresses indignation that a work that the creator worked hard and poured his heart into would be distributed in such a way to illegally earn profits." The comment then notes that the company "continues to hope that this recent arrest and that further efforts against piracy and unauthorized use will serve as a warning."

Uehara and Hottai have allegedly accepted the charges, while Nagaya has partially denied them, claiming that she had not been involved since last year.

SOURCE: NHK/a> VIA ANN


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