Police in Tachikawa arrested Kenji Igarashi, a 46-year-old unemployed suspect from the town of Ikeda in Nagano Prefecture on Tuesday, on suspicion uploading an episode of the newest Gundam anime without permission to the video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga. According to the police, the arrest is Japan’s first for unauthorized uploading of anime on a video-sharing site.
The suspect allegedly uploaded the third volume of Mobile Suit Gundam UC, “The Ghost of Laplace,” from his personal computer around 10:25 p.m. on March 7. According to the police, the suspect said that the episode was originally downloaded from an Internet site.
Source: Animenewsnetwork, Yomiuri Shimbun via Hachima Kikō