Two weeks ago, I brought your attention to three minors who had been arrested for allegedly uploading and storing episodes of various TV series, including one minor who uploaded three episodes of Kamen Rider OOO. Well, we now know of another arrest made for a similar “crime”.
Last Tuesday, police arrested a 47-year old male company worker from Tokyo on suspicion of recording and storing episodes of Kamen Rider OOO on the server of a foreign video-streaming website without the permission of the copyright holder. Thirteen items were confiscated from his home, including a personal computer and a Blu-Ray recorder.
According to the Association of Copyright for Computer Software, the suspect allegedly recorded the 1000th episode of the Kamen Rider franchise (OOO ep.27) and stored the video file on the server for FC2, a video-streaming website run by California-based FC2, Inc., around March 27th.
The suspect allegedly admitted the crime done, and said that he had been doing so since January of this year. He reportedly said that he saved those files onto the network in case his computer’s hard disk was damaged.
For anyone who read the first post from two weeks ago (to the day), you already know how I feel about this story. For now, I’m going to hold back on the long-winded rant. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve had a change of heart about this subject. Quite the opposite, in fact. This only confirms how idiotic and unfair these laws are, how pointless and unneccesary they are compared to other more important issues. Unless this guy was selling these Blu-Rays out of the back of a van, then there was no point in arresting him. That’s my opinion, whether you agree with it or not. If you want to hear more about it, click the link above that will take you to the first story.
-M.C., the Quantum Twin