Kimetsu no Yaiba, also know as Demon Slayer, managed to become in a short time one of the most popular manga and anime on the market. Of course, many companies want to take advantage of the success of this franchise to sell their products, although this requires purchasing the license before using it. Obviously, there are also those who create and market their own unofficial themed merchandise, something that we clearly do not recommend.
We say the above because recently a woman from Shibuya, Tokyo, was arrested by the local police. Your crime? Selling themed cakes of the popular anime without an official license, which represents a violation of the Japanese Copyright Law.
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According Kyodo News (via Kotaku), the 34-year-old woman sold the products through Instagram. Clients contacted her through the social network and later sent the images with which they wanted to decorate their cakes.
As we see in the images of a report from the chain TBS News, the food featured various characters from Demon Slayeras well as your logo. According to reports, the prices of the cakes hovered between $ 113.97 USD and $ 131.50 USD, so the suspect managed to earn around $ 56,982 USD from July 2019 to date.
The 34-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday, November 9, on suspicion of violating the Japanese Copyright Law. During questioning, he admitted the charge and confessed that he believed cakes would sell better with popular anime characters and that he knew that was a crime.
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This is not the first time a person has been arrested for selling unofficial merchandise inspired by the popular Ufotable anime. At the end of August, Yuki Saito, 52-year-old Japanese president of the Red Spice store, was arrested along with her husband and 2 other accomplices for selling sweatshirts that looked very similar to those worn by the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and other characters.
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