Arrest Warrant Obtained for Mangamura Operator


Fukuoka, July 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese law enforcers have obtained an arrest warrant for a 27-year-old man on suspicion of violating the copyright law by running manga pirate website Mangamura, it was learned Wednesday.

The man, currently detained in the Philippines, is believed to have played a central role in managing Mangamura, which made a large amount of manga content available for free.

Fukuoka prefectural police members and other law enforcers suspect some other people were involved in managing the site. The officials plan to arrest the man after he is deported back to Japan.

The website is believed to have been financed mainly by advertising revenue. According to research by the Content Overseas Distribution Association, Mangamura was accessed some 620 million times over the six months from September 2017.

In April last year, the government singled out Mangamura and two other websites as examples of copyright infringement.

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