- November.02.2018 On October 26, UNIJAPAN and Motion Picture Association (MPA), with support from the Embassy of the United States of America and the Federation of Japanese Films Industry (FJFI), co-hosted the annual MPA Seminar, the Tokyo International Film Festival’s forum for film industry business and policy debate.
- October.25.2018 On October 25, TIFFCOM, the Digital Hollywood University (DHU) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) co-hosted one-day film workshop.
- September.07.2018 Man who repeatedly streamed movies illegally on Niconico Video, etc. arrested (Kumamoto Prefectural Police Headquarters, Cybercrime Unit)
- August.04.2018 MPA/JIMCA, Tokai University & Intellectual Property Association of Japan co-organized and held a symposium pertaining to content and laws
- April.19.2018 MPA/JIMCA & U.S. EMBASSY CELEBRATE WORLD IP DAY WITH SPECIAL SCREENING OF “READY PLAYER ONE”
- April.17.2018 MPA/JIMCA supports the decision of the Ministerial Meeting Concerning Measures Against Crime, Intellectual Property Strategic Headquarter for “The Emergency Measures Against Online Piracy Sites”
Man who repeatedly streamed movies illegally on Niconico Video, etc. arrested (Kumamoto Prefectural Police Headquarters, Cybercrime Unit) September.07.2018
On August 28, the Kumamoto Prefectural Police Headquarters Cybercrime Unit arrested a man who had been streaming movies without the right holders’ permission using live-stream video sharing services on suspicion of copyright violation. The suspect has confessed to the charges.
The man, who goes by “Chama” and other names, had been using sites such as Niconico Video to illegally stream a large number of movie files, including many from major film companies belonging to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Despite multiple measures by the organization to stop the streaming, the man continued to share illegal live broadcasts. Since he did not appear to have any intent to stop the illegal streaming and the act was extremely malicious, the organization consulted with the Kumamoto Prefectural Police Headquarters Cybercrime Unit, appealing to the police to crack down on the crime and providing expert advice and additional cooperation with the investigation, leading to his arrest on this occasion.
Shigetaka Kurita, Representative Director of DWANGO Co., Ltd., commented on this matter as follows. “I see the revelation of this crime as extremely significant. The act of misusing live streaming sites to illegally stream movies and other content is a copyright violation and must never be permitted. As a company who has thus far taken measures to protect rights based on a policy of cooperating with right holders and content holders and firmly forbidding copyright violations, we find it extremely unfortunate that a user of our service has gone so far as to be arrested. Going forward, in addition to suitably managing copyright violations, we will also work to spread education and public awareness regarding copyrights so that such an arrest does not happen again.”