Four people were arrested by Japanese police on Tuesday for continuing to sell a magazine that comes bundled with software to copy DVDs. The four magazine staff members, which includes 43 year old Yoshiaki Kaizuka, the manager of Sansai Books, have been charged with violating Japan’s copyright laws. The magazine was sold from the publisher’s website earlier this year, despite warnings from the Japan Video Software Association.
The software included with issues of the magazine was specifically intended to allow users to circumvent the copy protection on DVDs. The publisher was warned towards the end of 2011 that software, and the selling of it, were both illegal, but authorities have determined that the magazine was still sold between February and April of this year. Manager Kaizuka admitted to police that the sales continued for financial profit. Roughly 4,000 copies of the magazine were sold during three-month period, making a total of around 4 million yen (approx. $50,700).
Sansai Books, the magazine’s publisher, has stated that it will continue cooperating with investigators. This arrest comes after a revision to Japan’s Unfair Competition Prevention Act, which adds serious penalties to the sale of devices or software that allows the copying of movies and video games. The behavior has been recognized as illegal for sometime, but until the revisions, there were no criminal penalties attached.
[via Anime News Network]