It’s no secret that Japan’s anti-piracy laws are very strict. This forces merchants to obtain official licenses if they want to obtain and sell merchandise related to series, anime, movies, video games, etc. Naturally, those who act against the law are punished.
Woman arrested for selling Demon Slayer cell phone cases
This was discovered the hard way by a 39-year-old Japanese woman residing in Funabashi City, Chiba, who was recently arrested by local authorities. His crime of her? Own and sell unofficial merchandise from the popular anime and manga demon slayer.
The events emerged on May 16, just after the Zushi police in Kanagawa prefecture presented the documents concerning the woman’s arrest to the corresponding prosecutors.
The suspect, who was also working as a restaurant employee, was charged with breaking the Copyright Law and resorting to infringement. According to reports, he deliberately sold a cell phone case with an anime character printed on it for ¥1430 JPY ― about $11 USD ― without permission on March 21, 2021. It is estimated that by December of the same year, he was already 64 counterfeit items in her possession and was willing to sell them.
According to local authorities, the woman admitted the accusations and disclosed the reasons why she committed the crime. “My work was reduced due to the Coronavirus. I intended to use the money to cover my living expenses,” she commented.
Ultimately, the woman confessed that she purchased the fakes on a Chinese website and sold them through a marketing app, netting her ¥10 million yen — around $77,000 USD — between January 2020 and December 2020. 2021.
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This is not the first time someone has been arrested for selling fake Demon Slayer products.
In recent years, Kimetsu no Yaibaknown as demon slayer in Mexico and other regions, it managed to become one of the most popular anime both inside and outside the Japanese borders. Therefore, it should not surprise us that large and small merchants want to profit economically from the franchise.
We recently told you about the case of a woman who was arrested for selling themed cakes with characters from the series without permission. Likewise, Yuki Saito, a 52-year-old Japanese woman, also received the full weight of the law when it was discovered that she was selling unofficial anime-inspired sweatshirts.
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