A man from Nahari in Mie Prefecture has been arrested for illegally uploading footage from anime master Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature-length film, The Wind Rises, on a video sharing site. He will be charged with copyright infringement in light of Japan’s stricter anti-piracy laws, which were enacted in October 2012.
The man is the first to be arrested for pirating The Wind Rises, which was the highest grossing Japanese film in 2013. He was found to have uploaded two other films and around 30 minutes of footage from the Studio Ghibli film in July and November last year. He posted the videos on FC2, Japan’s third most popular video sharing site, after YouTube and Nico Nico. When confronted by the police, the man admitted to the crime, saying that he uploaded the film because he got compliments from users of the site and he wanted to be a “popular guy.” Police are still trying to find out how he was able to obtain the footage, since the animated film hasn’t been released on DVD or Blu-ray yet. Studio Ghibli has issued a complaint against him last January 6.
The Wind Rises has met with both critical and box-office acclaim and may very well be Miyazaki‘s last feature after he announced his retirement from full-length filmmaking last year. It has also earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Under Japan’s anti-piracy laws, uploading anything that infringes on copyright and intellectual property rights, including those owned by third parties, is strictly prohibited. Japan is considered to have one of the harshest anti-piracy and copyright laws and punishments in the world.
[ via Escapist Magazine ]