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Nationwide Roundup of Illegal Uploaders In Japan

by dtshyk
Nov 30, 2009 5:38 AM | 100 Comments
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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Ahahahahahahhaahah.

Jun 17, 2010 3:31 AM by ainthemix

This is F**king scary @___@ !
it's only a week and they arrest too many :(

Jun 17, 2010 1:02 AM by Ponyo_

Finally, I was wondering when they would start doing this. The industry is SO in the shithole right now, its pathetic.

Dec 4, 2009 2:14 PM by VelvetEris

GDL-URAHARA said:
YoungVagabond said:

With horrible taste like that, they deserve to be put in jail.

So you are going to put people in jail for their taste?
It reminds me Chinese government...


That was obviously a joke. The fact that my serious answer in the focus directly contradicted it should have made that clear.

Dec 4, 2009 1:34 PM by YoungVagabond

YoungVagabond said:

With horrible taste like that, they deserve to be put in jail.

So you are going to put people in jail for their taste?
It reminds me Chinese government...

Btw, keep you facts correct and up to date: there was and is IRC, and Rapidshare is bigger in sharing universe than megaupload (you probably put your personal preference here, where you possibly have an account).

Dec 4, 2009 5:28 AM by GDL-URAHARA

Ughhhh. If so then I'd have to start downloading stuff now before Japan bans everything.

Dec 4, 2009 1:50 AM by kitari

People Arrested said:

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


With horrible taste like that, they deserve to be put in jail. And oh yeah, surprise surprise that many of these anime freaks are old, and either unemployed or have shitty jobs.

Focus-

Arresting people for uploads is stupid and counterproductive. You can't stop people that way. After Napster was taken down, the next was Kazaa...after Kazaa, torrent and Megaupload took over.

Each one becomes bigger, better, and more efficient.

Try again, government.

Dec 3, 2009 8:24 PM by YoungVagabond

Jigero said:
Eh no big deal, atleast they didn't catch people uploading decent anime.

Also my views on piracy "Can't stop the signal Mal"



Although.... he did get killed with a sword....o_O

Dec 3, 2009 8:03 PM by RubyRedRabbit

Sobzob said:
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.


my grandma is ~59 and I am ~19...... ;_; (so clearly at age 57 she had grandchildren)... my other grandma is mid 70s.

Also, sux for them, getting caught.

Dec 3, 2009 3:20 PM by ESSWHY

Jigero said:
Eh no big deal, atleast they didn't catch people uploading decent anime.


Sure, there are a lot of people who upload decent anime.
But there are less those who upload such pearls like "Hikaru no Go" (which you have not watched, the same as Ranma 1/2 which is above simply decent anime). I recommend you (and every one as well) to give a try to Hikaru no Go. This is the best anime I know with so great character development and original story.

Dec 3, 2009 2:58 PM by GDL-URAHARA

dtshyk said:

23 year old postal clerk, arrested for sharing "Lucky ☆ Star"

Only I found this funny?

Dec 3, 2009 2:51 PM by sayami

kimatg said:
Romeodeaths said:
GDL-URAHARA said:
Someone tell me how was it possible to find those people? 'Share" is not IP based program like torrent.
I assume that the information that they (uploaders) gave some additional information, e.g. forums etc.


Basically it is downloading and uploading, your ISP keep track of everything u download and upload so it is not that hard to find out


Try turning on the resource monitor (Vista/W7) while running Share, Perfect Dark, whatever P2P programs.

http://i47.tinypic.com/2z8xgzs.jpg


Ok, I misunderstood the anonymity in Share and Prefect Dark.
But still, those people you are connected to do not know which files (parts of files) are stored on their computer for sharing (those 40 GB of unknown data which you are sharing). And you do not know as well, what is stored on your computer, and shared.

Eh, our live is more difficult since the popularity of internet took the world. It was so nice when only few people had e-mails and there were no facebook, almost no spam. But there were no MAL as well ;( So we can see clearly that every progress brings some good and some not so good things in our lives.


Mod edit: Quoted stretchy img. Tags removed.

Dec 3, 2009 2:41 PM by GDL-URAHARA

Realy >.> im guessing there are roughly 2-3 billion people who download illegally and lol what they gonna arrest half the population >.> i dont think so i salute these brave heroes that are bringing joy to many people XD lets all send em cookies and cigs and hope they get light sentence XD and there will always be new and better ways to share anime XD

bottom line is if i realy like the anime i will buy it but Hell
i wont buy it if i haven't seen it first >.>

oh yer guys say no to clean feed for AU it will help us alot >.> fuck you Australian government

Dec 2, 2009 5:41 PM by Corpse69

*Whistles* I'm like impressed and worried at the same time. I was wondering where the file sharing was going to head towards.

Dec 2, 2009 3:30 PM by shakeyourpup45

Eh no big deal, atleast they didn't catch people uploading decent anime.

Also my views on piracy "Can't stop the signal Mal"

Dec 2, 2009 2:30 PM by Jigero

This sounds really bad!! No more torrent >.<

Dec 2, 2009 1:46 PM by motoko09

Anime companys need to stop being dumb and start pushing tangible things that can not be downloaded, plush toys, posters, etc.

Dec 2, 2009 12:14 PM by Clobclark

piracy cannot be stopped :P

Dec 2, 2009 2:57 AM by enixela

Deathnosis said:
piracy will still go on


your right the piracy on the net is so huge what are they gonna do arrests all anime fans?
follow a specific file and arrest every1 that dl it?
arresting 7 ppl isn't gonna make any diffrence

come on....

Dec 2, 2009 2:32 AM by phYsics

Well lets hope this dont happen in the states and if it does guess its time to invest in crunchyroll

Dec 1, 2009 7:39 PM by sicjtaco