In a series of arrests nationwide, Japanese police have arrested eight people for copyright infringement. These eight people were arrested in various locations across the country, including Hyougo Prefecture, Kyoto, and Akita Prefecture. According to Japanese newspaper, The Mainichi Shimbun, these eight suspects were selling fake Japan arrests 8 people for selling fake Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba figures.
The newspaper reported that the Kyoto Prefectural Police arrested five of these individuals, and they sold about four to 12 fake figures on an online auction. These sales apparently took place between February and June. They also reported that the fake items were duplicated from prize figures that people can win via lottery or crane games. Aniplex, the company that owns the copyright for the anime series, had no knowledge of the duplication.
Some of the suspects admitted that they had bought the items via Chinese e-commerce giant, Alibaba. Unfortunately, one has denied involvement and has claimed that they did not know the figures were fake. According to the newspaper, these five Kyoto-based suspects sold around 44 total figures worth around 57,980 yen.
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Source: The Mainichi Shimbun