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Japanese Police Arrest Man For Illegally Uploading Movie Files To Video Hosting Website FC2 Video

  • 4Mar 2013

TOKYO/SINGAPORE: On 3 March, police officers from Saitama Prefecture Police Cyber Crime Division arrested a 45-year-old man from Tajimi-City, Gifu Prefecture, Tokyo, for illegally uploading copyrighted movies to video hosting website FC2 Video.

According to police reports, the man illegally uploaded copies of MPAA Member Studio movie titles including copies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Descendants.

The investigation was supported by JIMCA whom have subsequently worked closely with FC2 Video to have the infringing movie files taken down.

Following the arrest, Noriaki Sano, Executive Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc., also chairing the Motion Picture Association (MPA) in Japan, said, “This is a significant operation and arrest. The illegal uploading of films and television shows to video hosting websites, such as FC2 Video, has a huge negative impact on the film studio’s ability to re-invest in and create new movies. It also adversely affects those many people currently employed - and those who wish to one day work - in our film industry. I hope that people will stop illegally uploading movie titles so that audiences can continue to enjoy a quality screen entertainment experience.”

Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the MPA, said, “We commend the officers from the Saitama Prefecture Police Cyber Crime Division for taking a zero-tolerance approach to intellectual property crimes in Japan. Such efforts are crucial toward thwarting online content theft and represent important steps toward protecting the rights and livelihoods of the many people working in the screen community in this country”.

FC2 Video is the 37th most popular website in the world. It also ranks third behind Yahoo! Japan and Google in the Alexa rankings of Japan’s most popular websites.

Police announced that the 45-year-old man had admitted to the charges. If convicted under the Copyright Act, those arrested face up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to JPY10 million yen (US$109,098).

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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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