On October 30, the Kagoshima Prefecture Police Department in Japan announced the arrest of a 45-year-old man, an employee of a company in the prefecture, on suspicion of violating the Copyright Act for selling a modified figure Fujiko minefrom the popular anime Lupine the Third. The defendant admitted the charges and said that he produced and sold the product himself.
According to the Cybercrime Unit, it is suspected The item sold the Fujiko mine figurine.female character Lupine the Thirdcopyrighted by the film production company (Tokyo), at an online auction for 25,000 yen (about $169) to a man from Kagoshima Prefecture around September 17thknowing that the figure has been changed without permission.
They were the so-called “magic figures”, figures with a normal head reconfigured into a different, almost naked torso. Prefectural police seized a total of twenty-nine altered figures, including female figures, from the home of the arrested subject. From his past, it is suspected that he modified all the figures himself, and did not acquire them.
Of course, the news caused different comments, pointing out:
- «Wow, there seems to be a lot of people dedicated to this».
- «Why can’t you paint the figures you buy to your liking? They won’t even let you show it to others?».
- «Isn’t that more of a magical transformation?».
- «Why isn’t it allowed in Japan, but Chinese copies are on Amazon?».
- «Too erotic, no».
- «I don’t care if it’s a level of magic modification that makes the figure better. But when I look at the auctions, I can’t help but be amazed at the high prices these modified figures fetch.».
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