Schoolboy Arrested for Leaking Shonen Jump on YouTube


A schoolboy who uploaded manga to YouTube in advance of its release has been arrested for copyright infringement.

Police from Japan’s national high tech crimes unit in Kyoto allege that the 14-year-old boy, a resident of Nagoya, used a digital camera to take photographs of pre-release manga which he would then compile into short movies, each page onscreen a few seconds, and these he would upload to YouTube.


The manga uploaded covered key shonen titles, such as Naruto and One Piece, from top shonen rags Jump and Sunday, most being 4-5 days ahead of their release dates, although over the New Year’s holidays he managed a 9 day lead.

In total, over a 3 month period of activity he is said to have uploaded 118 chapters from 30 titles, amassing a total of 8 million views.

He also further galled publishers by using Twitter and his own “spoiler information office” blog to publicise his releases.

YouTube rapidly deleted all his uploads, and he was repeatedly forced to create new accounts, but still he continued.

Police are still clueless as to how he acquired the manga ahead of official release. He freely admits the crimes.

The arrests come not long after top publishers vowed they would be cracking down on illicit scans in Japan, and then expanded their war to cover scanlation overseas.

The usual remarks about publisher shortsightedness in overlooking a market desperate enough to resort to YouTube distributed manga seem to apply here.

YouTube in particular offers advertising revenue sharing for content owners who allow their works to be distributed there, making publisher refusal to adopt any form of inexpensive distribution other than the telephone-directory thick wodges of toilet paper quality paper they seem so attached to all the more pigheaded.

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    Comment by alex251
    03:17 15/06/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "toilet paper quality" - that was good :)

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    Comment by RanmaSyaoran
    02:34 15/06/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Using Youtube really is a silly way of reading manga :/

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    Comment by makkun
    03:07 15/06/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Srsly, I still can't understand why someone upload manga to youtube. I think youtube is the most inconvinient way to read manga.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:12 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The second most inconvenient way. The most inconvenient way is to read actual books. All the more if you have only one hand. (Other one is busy or not there in the first place.)

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    09:13 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do you think so, out of habit? I never liked books. I liked the stories. But reading was always kind of annoying. You got the book, which you had to hold and than you need to sit or lay down, but you just can't relax, because you need to turn the pages. It really is quite bothersome if you compare it with scanlations. People prefering books seem to me like people prefering candles over light bulbs, because of strange reasons I can't comprehend.

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    Comment by kgptzac
    08:22 24/06/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If you can rationally think about what makes reading stuff electronically a convenience, I think it's not hard to deduce its inconvenience at times.

    First of all, books are portable and cheap compare to portable electronic devices. Books don't break as easily as portable electronic devices. Books don't need an internal power source to present its content. There are places that portable electronic devices are forbid, such as in Japanese schools, etc. Last but not least, to some people reading book is a less tiring to the eyes than reading a screen.

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    Comment by Eddyak
    09:34 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    You'd think so, but actually reading the volume itself is pretty damn satisfying, compared with scanslation sites.

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    Comment by DeathCrunch
    02:40 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's better now though. In the old layout it was fucking atrociously small pictures in terribad quality.
    There's still thick black borders and terrible emo music but at least the size and quality have increased.
    Why the fuck people won't spend 30 seconds downloading a 10mb chapter I have no idea.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:10 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Downloading them is inconvenient. Reading online, with AutoPager, is the way to go. You just load about 100 pages ahead and scroll your way down while reading. If you are bored, you switch tabs.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    03:11 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They are too lazy to quit their current page with a single button click.

    That's the reality of the technological progress.

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    Comment by alidan
    15:52 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    can you link an e-ink reader thats good? last time i tried that was on a friends kindel and the quality was atrocious.

    also, if you have a great manga reader, reading online is a pain in the ass. granted the pain parts are minor, but they add up

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:50 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only download. Online copies are usually recompressed and watermarked so the quality is shit. Also I don't want to start into a manga only to resume where I left off and find the site is gone - when you download the whole volumes, you could pause for 50 years and come back to it.

    I like loading them onto an e-ink reader too though, and that's impossible with a website or Youtube stream.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not using any kind of a bookformat to read manga is silly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    03:00 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly. Why would you want to read manga on youtube?

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    Comment by hotshot™
    17:53 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because you already finished watching your favorite anime... on youtube...

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    Comment by Saunter
    02:59 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously, poor quality and lag. And it's... Youtube.

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    Comment by darknetwork
    17:21 18/07/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    a war they can never win

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    04:07 05/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not really a war. More like kids throwing a tantrum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    arr arr pirates will never die...never

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    Comment by Klingengeist
    20:12 15/06/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
    Drink and the devil had done for the rest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

    Putting manga scans (or photos in this case) into movie files is stupid...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:36 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pissed I didn't hear about this till now; I mean I'm RIGHT FUCKING THERE, taking the train into Nagoya every day.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    11:35 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they confiscate the laptop,psp,ds and all of it belong to him all im gonna say he got owned bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:33 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You are arrested for copyright infringement, and so is your gaming gadgets! Bwahahaha!!!"

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    Comment by Artefact

    It seems most of them were being used for piracy - I think you can even see his R4 in the picture.

    Avatar of alex251
    Comment by alex251
    20:34 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pirating a manga bout pirates.
    Why do they have a problem with it, it's just a tribute... :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, they ACTUALLY arrest people for this? I've never heard anyone get arrested.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    uh yeah, from a long time ago.

    14:40 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess the Japanese legal system is a bigger failure then US one which is really saying something.

    This is not even worth pissing away tax dollars on and it should be a civil case vs a criminal case.

    Avatar of Artefact
    Comment by Artefact

    Copyright infringement is a crime in Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:16 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why read manga on stupid you tube screen :p

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    03:28 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watching Manga is weird...I only read manga...

    Avatar of carn
    Comment by carn
    09:12 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and read anime too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youtube is a big sign says, Hi I'm here come find me. Either its legal or illegal material. Somehow someway copyright stuff stays on youtube (THANK GOD).

    But this guy is wanting attention anyways because youtube cut him off multiple times. Its not like he's trying to dodge the bullet.

    Manga off the print is CRAP. Thanks to all internet scanlations THEY ARE A JOY TO READ. I think people would buy it if its HQ like scanlations, timely releases, online distribution, and no BS Filler volumes (Naruto anime cough cough...)

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    Comment by Kei-chan
    06:47 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Youtube only cares if they get bitched at for it, otherwise they look the other way. Thats why we have alot of the non-licensed (not NA licensed) stuff on youtube.

    I can say this kid deserved it. It may not have been this bad if he was adding them after the release...but before? cmon. Uploading them to youtube is like painting a giant bullseye on your ass.

    Anyway, why would you watch manga? On youtube? Are people really that lazy that they can't click the next button anymore on the mangabook sites?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This child deserves it, to be also stupid to using youtube for that, childreen these day -.-'

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    04:14 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah...That's what torrents are for, stupid kid...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:07 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good job arresting a 14 year old...

    And great job, already got one, there are a few more millions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL reading manga on youtube is silly IMO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:50 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Normally I'd salute such distro, but YouTube? Twitter?? Ugh. And calling attention to himself, whoring out was asking for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:42 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mangas`(not even scanned but photographed) on YouTube... how low can people sink? And I thought videos that explained how to illegally download games were already low (but not as low as the people who actually need those videos).

    Avatar of Niwa
    Comment by Niwa
    02:25 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah great lawsuits lawsuits lawsuits!

    is it nothin but?

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    Comment by Riiku
    14:31 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    More drama ! /popcorn

    On the side note, I like how we do things in Russia. People just resort they're conflicts on their own, sometimes (pretty often actually) resorting to physical violence, but it rarely goes to the court

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    Comment by destructorv2
    09:04 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well its kinda the only word people know these days, pirate shonen jump? sue your ass, the coffee is too hot, lawsuit, i trip on this pebble, i'll freaking sue you!

    Avatar of Alexeon
    Comment by Alexeon
    17:25 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sue sue, yes Im gonna sue. Sue sue, I might even sue you!

    Ill sue ya, Ill take all your money. Ill sue ya if you even look at me funny.

    Weird Al speaks truth. :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    To be fair, the coffee in the mcdonalds lawsuit was about 180 degrees. seriously, coffee doesn't need to be that hot. either way, coffee IS supposed to be hot, so...

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    Comment by alidan
    15:44 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually, the guy who sued did it because the coffee was 180 degrees, that is hot enough to give third degree burns in seconds

    hot coffee anywhere i go is got, but not scalding hot, or 3rd degree burns in seconds hot.

    when i first heard of this i thought it was retarded to, but the circumstances behind it, and the dact there were 200 or 2000 coffee related injuries, i forget which, that were serious enough to warrant medical attention, i at the very least understand.

    and the fact the guy sued for little more than medical bills didn't hurt either.

    news made him look like a shitfucker, but he wasn't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hot coffee is hot! Bawwww!

    but seriously - have you guys been tracking the predatory lawsuits that are going on in the US? Uwe Boll - Far Cry? Hurt Locker? every download is a lost sale in their eyes and they are demanding $1500 to $2500 as a settlement. Best business scam so far. the movies will make more than in theatres. the US has ruled that the maximum settlement a movie can get is $150,000. Since the movie companies equate downloading to theft, shouldn't pirating a movie be given the same fines as stealing a movie DVD from a shop is?

    what gives?

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    Comment by hotshot™
    17:50 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If that's true fine, but I see your logic, and I raise you one "mother sues fast food chain because the food made her son fat" card.

    Your move.

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    Comment by alidan
    14:15 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    there were 2 people, 2 women, they sued because the food was addictive, and that they ate to much and got fat, and that nutrients were hard if not impossible for them to find.

    it went to court for a while, but after they made a law or something, i don't know what the term is, that you cant sue over eating and getting fat anymore.

    them not showing nutriments on an addictive food is a legitimate claim, however they do tell you online and very hidden, so i don't know what the outcome of this trial was, possibly an out of court settlement.

    i at least know this was true in America. not sure internationally if its ok to sue over fat still.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a trap (card)

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    Comment by Eddyak
    09:33 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's pathetic. These courts actually think they have the right to control our daily lives.

    When someone can sue you for causing embarassment, you know that shit's gone way too far.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:51 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are you sure they can arrest 14 year old boy in Japan?

    I thought it's impossible in civilized countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Theft is theft. There's county/state jail for the grown ups, and there's juvi for the youngs. Apparently you know nothing about civilized countries.

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    Comment by Shanyy
    05:53 16/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He deserved the arrest for his stupidity. Don't share illegal things on youtube. Share it on Peer-to-Peer networks!

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's illegal in Japan - these are criminal charges, not civil litigation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude that's her other foot

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    With all of the talk about piracy and shonen jump, did anyone notice that her leg on the picture is drawn completely wrong. Her foot is not even attached to her leg!! lolz!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:30 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, and damn rightly so. Fuck pirates. A show or novel may not be released in your country but that doesnt give anyone the right to freely distribute someones work. The people that make these are underpaid as is and stealing from them is only going to make their situations worse, and at length pull down their company. If you want to watch or read something do it the legit way.

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    Comment by Aliaus
    16:02 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He's time-traveling Jesus. That's the only explanation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:59 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Note: he should be used for releasing something yet to be released. Its like someone else saying "I MADE IT FIRST" when he actually copied it.

    The company should question first how he got it rather than sue him on multiple accounts.

    1) They knew someone was releasing prior to the sell date.

    2) Despite him being caught multiple times, he continued to be able to release it prior to the official release.

    3) They are not seeking alternative ways of release to help prevent such an event from occurring.

    4) They are people stuck in their ways and want to send lawyers at everything rather than think of how to overcome the problem.

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    Comment by MasterX25
    12:35 15/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sadly i wish, but I never will. The cost of buying it too much, the shonen jump comes with a bunch of manga i don't even want to read, and the time it takes for them to be translated to english is ages.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 17/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's actually easy.

    See, in Japan, most shops wait until the release date to put magazines for sale. Some do first, but it's rare.

    However, the companies ship to China and other places with shops importing Japanese magazines ahead of time. They think the shops there will wait too. But they don't.

    So Japanese magazines are always available days earlier in China and some other places.

    People there scan it immediately and put it on the internet. People in Japan then spread the scans or photos, depending on what they could get.

    This boy was probably just doing this, or maybe getting the magazine himself from some of the few Japanese shops that do sell earlier than the official date.

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