Foreigners arrested in Japan for Pirating Manga

In a recent development, renowned Japanese publisher Shueisha has addressed concerns regarding copyright infringements linked to its popular manga magazine, “Weekly Shōnen Jump”. The publisher released an official statement on February 5 regarding the arrest of individuals suspected of leaking manga content prior to its official publication.

Internationally acclaimed manga titles such as One Piece and Jujutsu Kaisen have been frequent targets of leaks, with spoilers, screenshots and entire chapters circulating on social media platforms and illegal download sites days before their official release dates. Notably, the majority of the market for these leaks is made up of non-Japanese audiences. The recent arrests involved two non-Japanese residents active in distributing leaked manga.

Shueisha reported that on February 4, Japanese authorities detained a company manager and another individual residing in Tokyo, Japan. Both were detained on suspicion of violating the Copyright Law for allegedly obtaining and digitizing manga from Weekly Shōnen Jump before official release dates by uploading content to unauthorized websites.

Foreigners arrested in Japan for Pirating Shonen Jump

As Shueisha continues its investigation to identify the primary source of the leaks, the publisher emphasized that the measures taken in this instance represent significant progress in addressing the issue. Your ultimate goal is to prevent similar incidents in the future by eliminating the root cause of leaks.

The company expressed strong condemnation of manga leaks, considering distribution through social media and other platforms an “extremely serious issue.” Shueisha highlighted the negative impact of these actions on readers’ enjoyment and the great suffering caused to manga authors. The publisher reaffirmed its commitment to taking legal action against leakers to “protect the rights of authors who invest their souls in their creations” and “ensure that readers can properly enjoy the manga.”

Interestingly, responses to this incident revealed different attitudes towards leakers between the Japanese and non-Japanese communities. The Japanese public largely supports the arrests and ongoing investigation, viewing illicit leaks as a serious crime that harms the perpetrators. On the other hand, reactions in non-Japanese communities are more mixed, with some expressing concerns about the future of manga leaks.

via NHK

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