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Collaborative Investigation Leads To Arrest Of Serial Uploader

  • 24May 2011

Singapore/Japan: On May 24, 2011 officers from the Computer Crimes Control Center of the Metropolitan Police Department and Koji-machi Police Station arrested a 35 year old man living in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture for uploading unauthorized movie files on to Nico Nico Video, the most popular user-generated content (UGC) site in Japan, after YouTube.

The suspect, who went by the user name “Bell”, was first spotted by investigators from the Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association, Inc. (JIMCA) in the summer of 2010. Together with officers from the Computer Crimes Control Center, Community Safety Bureau and the Metropolitan Police Department, investigations were conducted as the suspect continued to post unauthorized content on this site and in December the police managed to track down the identity and address of the suspect.

During his arrest, the suspect admitted that he had uploaded over 40 titles, which included Japanese and international films. The police are currently carrying out further investigations into the extent of his activities. Under the Japanese Copyright Law the penalties for such criminal activity are fines of up to JPY10 million (USD 122,200) and/or jail term of up to 10 years.

“We commend the officers from the Metropolitan Police Department for tracking down this suspect and their commitment to clamp down on such criminal activity.” said Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, for the Motion Picture Association (MPA). “Such efforts are crucial toward thwarting online content theft in Japan, and represent important steps toward protecting the rights and livelihood of the film community in this country”.

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The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I) represent the interests of the six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. To do so, they promote and protect the intellectual property rights of these companies and conduct public awareness programs to highlight to movie fans around the world the importance of content protection. These activities have helped to transform entire markets benefiting film and television industries in each country including foreign and local filmmakers alike.

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