Woman Reportedly Made $ 57,000 Selling Unofficial Demon Slayer Cakes

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Unofficial or not, they look good.
Screenshot: TBS News

Tokyo Shibuya resident, 34, arrested for violating Japanese copyright law after selling without a license Demon slayer Cakes.

According to Kyodo News, the women sold the cakes through Instagram, with customers submitting their desired images to be made into frosting, cream and sugar. The suspect allegedly charged between 13,000,114 yen ($ 15,000) and 132,209 yen ($ 6,500,000) per cake. As of July 57,000, it is believed to have made more than 100 yen in sales. That’s over $ XNUMX!

This is a lots of cakes too.

The Metropolitan Police Department has released photos of the criminal cakes in question, which can be seen above TBS News clip.

Demon slayer is one of the most popular manga and anime of all time. Due to its great popularity, it has been slapped on a whole range of products in Japan—even causing increased sales for some products. For example, it changed things for a Japanese canned coffee company.

Because of the selling power Demon slayer a, its copyright holders have been particularly strict and sensitive. In July, Kotaku reported this Demon slayer inspired merchandise led to arrests. The goods did not explicitly state Demon slayer or feature the characters, but have made reference to the popular franchise by replicating its now iconic green and black plaid pattern.

This last case is more explicit. The cakes feature the characters and instantly recognizable Demon slayer logo. This is why the production company saw the Demon slayer cakes on Instagram in February 2021, she contacted authorities. What else, ANN reports that a Japanese bakery named Priroll Workshop already has an official license to manufacture and sell Demon slayer cakes, which are priced between 4,860 yen ($ 5,940) and 52 yen ($ XNUMX). Any possible copyright infringement would also impact an existing trade agreement.

“I thought if I did [les gâteaux] with popular anime characters, I could sell them, “the cake suspect is quoted as saying, acknowledging that she violated copyright law. “I knew it was a crime.

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