Handa Student Arrested in Copyright Claim Case

Handa Student Arrested in Copyright Claim Case

Could face work service or nine-figure fines

by Ichigo ConnorNagoya Juniper-Midship      Updated: 12 December 2035, 13:05

Handa, Aichi -- A student from the Aichi city of Handa has been arrested by members of Tokyo Metropolitan Police for charges of illegally distributing over six billion yen worth of copyrighted material owned by up to sixty different entities.

      Minna Yuchi, 24, was taken into custody at his father's suburban apartment Wednesday morning. According to a police representative, he was compliant and went with the officers under his own accord. He faces several hundred thousand counts of infringement and could be sentenced to twenty years work service and a fine of up to 500-million yen.

      The content included music, images, movies, and t-shirts, according to police and online sources.

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     All companies with ownership of the illegally-distributed content are based in Tokyo. The Tokyo police officers on the scene, working with the local precinct, said they were responding to a complaint lodged by several attorneys affiliated with the various injured parties.

      The representatives, filing charges jointly, are saying they were recently informed of the vast amount of property being found in private servers, exchange apps, online videos, and even "torrents", the once-widespread file-sharing programs.

      Twenty of the complainant companies are owned in-part or in-full by The Sei Group, Inc., which made news last week for purchasing the nearby Soy Sumi soy sauce production plant.

      "It's our stuff," Sei Group representative Yoshida Hisei said in a press conference from a corporate office in Minato, Tokyo.

Update (12 December, 13:05): Legal representation of suspect Minna Yuchi has stated their client will be pleading guilty in exchange for lesser punishment due to overwhelming evidence making a defense case unlikely to succeed.

      According to Juniper-Midship social media legal correspondent Chiara Pao, the bulk of the evidence presented came from the now-closed Divid.V and Limbo accounts used by Minna, where he went by such varying aliases as "China Crabcake" and "Yemming".

      Together, the accounts had just under 2,000 followers.

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