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Nov 30, 2009 5:38 AM

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According to NHK, Japanese Police conducted a wholesale arrest of the internet users who uploaded illegal files through a software called "Share". Ten people ranging from 23 to 57 years old were arrested and one is under investigation the last one was arrested (Dec 1st) by Kyoto Police. There is no interaction among them and the police charged the eleven individually. This is the first time Japanese Police made a nationwide act against the illegal file sharing.

List of the anime-related suspects:
57 year old jobless man, arrested for sharing "Hikaru no Go"
44 year old system engineer, arrested for sharing movies and anime (unspecified)
40 year old jobless man, arrested for sharing "Dragon Ball Kai"
37 year old prefectural employee, arrested for sharing "Mobile Suit Gundam 00"
30 year old arcade clerk, arrested for TV anime (unspecified)
23 year old postal clerk, arrested for sharing "Lucky ☆ Star"
23 year old jobless man, arrested for sharing "Ranma ½" and Dragon Quest 9

Sources: NHK, CTV, Chunichi, Sankei, TBS
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Nov 30, 2009 5:44 AM

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Oh snapz, this could be the beginning of some bad news for torrentz and what not....or it could just be nothing, IDK.
 
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Yes, the police was right - illegal files are illegal.

Yes, I [and 'some' of us] download the stuff that those heros upload.

*mindscrew*
 
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Too much internet bullshit going on this year. Pirate Bay down, UK internet laws getting more fucked up, Japanese police actually arresting people for once, lots of fucked up shit and I dont like it, I DONT LIKE IT ONE BIT.
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Beatnik said:
Too much internet bullshit going on this year. Pirate Bay down, UK internet laws getting more fucked up, Japanese police actually arresting people for once, lots of fucked up shit and I dont like it, I DONT LIKE IT ONE BIT.


Don't forget that French law - one year ban of Internet if downloaded illegal files.
 
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this makes me ANNOY
 
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qwerty_ said:
Beatnik said:
Too much internet bullshit going on this year. Pirate Bay down, UK internet laws getting more fucked up, Japanese police actually arresting people for once, lots of fucked up shit and I dont like it, I DONT LIKE IT ONE BIT.


Don't forget that French law - one year ban of Internet if downloaded illegal files.


And Mininova has been forced to delete pretty much all of their torrents a few days ago.

I think one of my blogger friends gets his RAWS from the program Share, so this piece of news might be bad for him. So yeah...

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this makes me ANNOY
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Dudes, the UK are trying to ban you off the net FOR LIFE. Cant get more fucked up than that.
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"30 year old arcade clerk, arrested for unknown TV anime"

I want to know what that is now! I'll be thinking about it all day. How could they not know?
 
Nov 30, 2009 6:22 AM

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This is bad. No more anime. :(
 
Nov 30, 2009 6:24 AM

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i think something like this was bound to happen sooner or later to be honest
 
Nov 30, 2009 6:27 AM

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dvp89 said:
This is bad. No more anime. :(


let's just see how this goes? good chance this is just another one-shot

 
Nov 30, 2009 6:47 AM

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57 year old..still owns anime huh?
u should give it to your grandchild..

 
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Dudes, the UK are trying to ban you off the net FOR LIFE. Cant get more fucked up than that.

Yeah that's true and there's also the new Internet tax that the douches in Parliament are trying to implement. There's a bloody tax for everything in the UK (>_<)!
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Nov 30, 2009 7:00 AM

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all this legally thing on Internet is getting scary... without our japanese "heroes" uploading things we (the non-japanese otaku) wil die D:

OK,no, we won't, but things can get hard D:
 
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kokoku said:
57 year old..still owns anime huh?
u should give it to your grandchild..

57 is way too early to have grandchildren. Many people have their own little kids at that age.
Also, why are you watching anime then? You're not a kid anymore. Being 23 years old, you should be much closer mentally to 57 than to, say, 12.
 
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dtshyk said:
... police charged the eleven individually.


I'd assume I'm the only one who finds this funny.
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Nov 30, 2009 7:12 AM

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This sounds scary..sounds like it'll be harder to see anime now nd seems like the gov't is trying to control the internet..those fuck face
 
Nov 30, 2009 7:25 AM

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JadeMatrix said:
dtshyk said:
... police charged the eleven individually.


I'd assume I'm the only one who finds this funny.


I thought of that too, but it would be funnier if they were busted for downloadiing that anime specifically.

LOL, that would be hilarious.
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Nov 30, 2009 7:36 AM
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piracy will still go on
 
Nov 30, 2009 7:38 AM

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10 people..out of how many that upload?

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piracy will still go on
 
Nov 30, 2009 7:44 AM

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DX damn... =O


 
Nov 30, 2009 7:52 AM

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As long as TokyoTosho doesn't get shut down, who cares.

And even if it does, there's always Nyaa, or datorrents, etc. Stuff like this is unfortunate for those caught, but ultimately pointless.
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The end of torrents is near! In the days to come you will have to buy your anime from local distributors!

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IMO they're purely trying to make an example out of those ten, like in the US with those few people that get charged hundreds of thousands of dollars for downloading a handful of tracks. I doubt that this will actually change anything at all.
 
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Death-Summoner said:
They can try to hunt it down but piracy will prevail!
*salutes the arrested uploaders *
lol try Phil.. piracy here is booming XO


 
Nov 30, 2009 8:11 AM
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Poor guys. I hope they won't get punished very badly.
 
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Deathnosis said:
piracy will still go on


the somali's manage to do the "other" kind of piracy just fine too....successfully it seems.

well, 10 people do not seem to be a whole lot, they probably will use them as examples and as deterrents. anything short of authoritarian control of information, technology, and the internet will not fix or even put a dent on piracy.
 
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true. seeing this made me wish i haven't viewed this =\


 
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My god, they took down 10 of our heroes!!!! And well, it's pretty hard to stop our heroes to upload by the way, internet cafes is their friends (if you know what i mean :P )
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People! Download anime while you can x'D
We need to prepare to battle, get all munition and be ready! xD
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Well if it was easier to get a hold of anime legally on streaming websites and download/renting websites, piracy wouldn't be such a big problem...

The only reason I download anime is because it's near impossible to get it here...unless I import a £50 DVD that I don't even understand :(
 
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dtshyk said:
23 year old postal clerk, arrested for sharing "Lucky ☆ Star"

This guy deserved it, IMO.

But I'm not worried, has long has China and Russia don't chicken out, we will always have enough anime to go around.
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watching them online is the alternative
 
Nov 30, 2009 9:52 AM

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kokoku said:
57 year old..still owns anime huh?
u should give it to your grandchild..


i was amazed by this guy.. now i have one more excuse for my parents to stop bugging me about anime lol..

still this sounds bad for people who only can get their anime from internet..


 
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watching them online is the alternative


I'm afraid to tell you that a lot of anime are being removed from the "video sharing websites", Veoh for example is deleting all the anime with subs, Myspace do the same when they found. The last option is Megavideo, but the limit is a pain for everybody xD

The last way is pay for memberships like Crunchyroll.
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seishi-sama said:
kokoku said:
57 year old..still owns anime huh?
u should give it to your grandchild..

57 is way too early to have grandchildren. Many people have their own little kids at that age.
Also, why are you watching anime then? You're not a kid anymore. Being 23 years old, you should be much closer mentally to 57 than to, say, 12.


Which decade are you living in? 57 is far from being way too early to have grandchildren.
 
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Khristina said:
The last option is Megavideo, but the limit is a pain for everybody xD
Illimitux.

But then, even Megavideo deletes stuff, so... Well, there'll always be an option somewhere out there.
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JadeMatrix said:
Khristina said:
The last option is Megavideo, but the limit is a pain for everybody xD
Illimitux.

But then, even Megavideo deletes stuff, so... Well, there'll always be an option somewhere out there.


Yeah I use that, but its still bad for the blocked countries.
We hope so.
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I'm having trouble feeling sorry for these people, it is pretty common knowledge that uploading copyrighted videos to the internet is illegal, and they know what could happen.

And calling them heroes is an insult to real ones, like Superman, or the Flash.
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All hail these fallen heroes...

... who did nothing wrong morally. All research (that was not funded by IP-lobbyists) shows that if anything, pirated downloads help the authors of the pirated works rather than harming them.
 
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Heh, the post says "arrested for sharing". Sharing is not illegal, it should have been for the massive diffusion of the anime. But what about non-japanese people? We download fansubs, not the original version. That should be legal somehow... and if it's not, they should make subbed editions for it's distribution outside japan.
 
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THIS JUST CANT BE HAPPENING!!!!!!
 
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Khristina said:
The last way is pay for memberships like Crunchyroll.


Or you have those pathetic groups that proclaim to be fansubs when they just mux CR scripts with a different raw and call it their own.
 
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This makes my day
 
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CDRW said:
The end of torrents is near! In the days to come you will have to buy your anime from local distributors!

LOL
You know I really would, but how should I buy if there's no anime I would like, nor distributor for it??
 
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Am I the only one who has moral objections to locking 'good' people like that?

Only in Japan my friends. Only in Japan amoral bastards run the country and convince a judge who hardly knows how to use e-mail to convict them... :(
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Am I the only one who has moral objections to locking 'good' people like that?

Only in Japan my friends. Only in Japan amoral bastards run the country and convince a judge who hardly knows how to use e-mail to convict them... :(
Only...in...Japan?

Good? I can see "not guilty of significant crime" but "good"?

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CDRW said:
The end of torrents is near! In the days to come you will have to buy your anime from local distributors!

LOL
You know I really would, but how should I buy if there's no anime I would like, nor distributor for it??
Hmm, it's difficult for you. My only suggestion would have to be e-bay, region 1, power adaptors.
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And calling them heroes is an insult to real ones, like Superman, or the Flash.


I hope I'm not the only one who thought that calling Superman or The Flash "real" heroes seemed kinda...odd. Replace them with firefighters or doctors, maybe.

Anyways, these uploaders should be arrested for breaking the law. They were stupid enough to get caught, after all.
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kokoku said:
57 year old..still owns anime huh?
u should give it to your grandchild..


ageism sucks
 
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