Police Raid Game Lender


Japanese gamers apparently face arrest if they lend their games to friends – police recently executed a search warrant based on the unauthorised lending of 5 games, charging the lender with copyright infringement.

Police raided a Kobe hotel after discovering they had freely provided Wii and PS3 consoles and games to guests, confiscating games and consoles as evidence.

The hotel, “Swing,” is accused of lending the games to at least 5 customers during 2010. In an unusual application of copyright law, police are charging the hotel with copyright violation, specifically the “screening” the games to guests without permission from the copyright holder.

Police are also investigating whether they were secretly operating a love hotel, another very serious crime.

Commercial game rental itself is illegal in Japan, but as freely lending a game to another party may constitute “unauthorised display,” gamers are also wondering if they face arrest for merely lending games to each other.

In particular, this rather draconian interpretation of the law suggests that virtually the entirety of Japan’s manga cafe industry is in fact illegal, as they likely do not seek permission from every copyright holder of the products they lend to customers on their premises.

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    Avatar of Yden
    Comment by Yden
    19:17 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    So the police couldn't arrest the guy on love hotel charges so they make up some BS excuse to put him in jail? Obviously a perfect example of bias law enforcement.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    19:21 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    LOL What a stupid copyright law!

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:31 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "John, remember that game you borrowed from me last Friday? Well, I'm gonna have to ask it back before the cops come. I'm SRS, John! and no I don't care if you haven't reached the perfect ending yet. I want it bac-"
    *door breaks down*

    "NPA! Freeze!"

    *jumps out apartment window*

    [BAD END]

    PS: Remember to save regularly

    Avatar of Crim
    Comment by Crim
    23:24 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Copyright is the devils work

    Rise up my brothers and fight the power

    Avatar of Techeese
    Comment by Techeese
    19:35 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Thanks, I needed some lulz and you gave it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 14/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Next people will be arrested for buying games to give to people as birthday/christmas presents.

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    19:36 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I'm seeing three Kyons right now!

    Yoshii-kun, I just saw that perfect ending 10 minutes before you arrived.

    NPA! Freeze!

    Ah! Stupid copyright law!
    *Jumps out of the window safely*

    Avatar of Neonie
    Comment by Neonie
    20:07 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What the fuck is going on Japan? Are you becoming fucking China? Stop it!

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:09 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This post reminds me of my former university making an event where my former schoolmates played Tekken 6 on PS3. I wonder if the university will get raided for that.

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    20:20 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @dia A New Year calls for a new dress and a new haircut ^^

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:16 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Neonie, blame their dumb government. They don't know a thing or two about entertainment.

    This post reminds me of my former schoolmates hosting an event in our university where they played Tekken 6 on PS3 last year. I wonder if they, and the university, are going to get raid for that.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    04:28 14/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess I know 1 place I won't be playing any multiplayer games or lending games to people at...

    Just another stupid ass law, etc. that Japan has created, oh the torture...

    Avatar of Dia
    Comment by Dia
    20:12 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Why did you change your avatar, Yoshii-kun?

    Avatar of Patches
    Comment by Patches
    03:00 14/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    @Yoshii-kun "Will Miku being the one probing me with a leek?" ^_^

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    20:29 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    My Philippine government wouldn't so foolish as to make an idiotic law like that.

    No wonder Operation Payback [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Payback] was born.

    Avatar of The REAL Lamberto
    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    20:04 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    What the fuck is with this shitty law? Whoever signed that crappy law doesn't know anything about entertainment or even heard of it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Its actually normal. While it might be fine to borrow a friend a game if your a company you run a business and that would be a same as renting out games which must be done through rental copies not retial.

    Its the same practically everywhere in the world, dont mix business laws with non business laws, they arent the same.

    Avatar of TheBeast
    Comment by TheBeast
    06:55 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i'm at a loss for words. this is in the upper echelons of stupidity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:09 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Rise up my brothers and fight the power"

    Join the Pirate Party

    Avatar of Yoshii-kun
    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    19:56 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    *slams the gavel thrice*

    "I hereby sentence John to 24hrs of leek probing sessions without the possibility of recess, on the charges of negligent manslaughter and for being an accessory in the death of Yoshii-kun"

    Any last words?
    *raises gavel*

    Avatar of Mr.Demon
    Comment by Mr.Demon
    06:35 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That remind me tha Anti-piracy campaigne parodie on one episode of the british comedy serie "IT Crowd"...


    that was good!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    *wake up on the floor*
    *a girl with a gun talks to him and says he is dead*

    Comment by Anonymous

    maybe not, but they would follow and exceed ishiharas example at the slightest provocation
    assumptions about countries i dont know much about aside...

    clearly governments incited by companies around the world are trying to usher a new age of feudalism with governments as kings and companies as aristocracy
    and aristocracy is always one breath from overthrowing the king

    Avatar of yaku
    Comment by yaku
    20:53 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Next thing you know, people will get arrested by the Official Thought Police for thinking about games and sharing those thoughts with their friends. How dare they think about anything!


    Avatar of Kyon Theorist
    Comment by Kyon Theorist
    01:06 14/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Commercials and online ads could get you arrested. You're sitting at your computer enjoying the preview screenshots of a new eroge when suddenly BAM the police break in and arrest you for enjoying the games copywritten material without paying for itl

    Avatar of Marine-RX179
    Comment by Marine-RX179
    02:01 14/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Next thing you know you will be arrested for rape...for fapping to porns without getting consent from the pornstars first...

    Avatar of BlaqCat
    Comment by BlaqCat
    15:30 14/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    And the saga of Japan eating itself continues.

    Avatar of Kyon
    Comment by Kyon
    19:27 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Ishiara syndrome?

    Avatar of Shippoyasha
    Comment by Shippoyasha
    19:46 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Actually, Nintendo pushed for strict anti-rentals laws way back when. They should try to repeal it now. I think it actually hurts the gaming culture than not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:09 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It hurts the whole economy. Piracy=Publicity and dumb businessmen refuses to accept it.

    Avatar of King Tiger
    Comment by King Tiger
    20:06 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "Commercial game rental itself is illegal in Japan, but as freely lending a game to another party may constitute “unauthorised display,” gamers are also wondering if they face arrest for merely lending games to each other."

    whats wrong with sharing games between friends?

    How can Japan call itself a democracy when it continues to act like an Oligarchy?

    oh the hypocrisy~

    Avatar of Hatsune Miku
    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    15:11 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Getting arrested for lending games? Are you fucking kidding me? That is the most retarded thing I've ever heard. The guy who made this law definitely had a dick up his asshole or something, because this is really GAY!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    probably guy wasn't paying police a cut .

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by BTE
    02:44 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats basically it in a nutshell. Love when they make shit up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:58 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't be too surprised if that's pretty close to the truth.

    it's not like that doesn't happen in the West.
    DAs in the US will slap on extra BS interpretation charges just to fluff up a case and bring it to trial all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 20/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unfortunately, as much as I hate to admit that.... you are absolutely right. Really, in ANY country with 'law & order', the police and prosecutors have a bad habit of doing that.

    One of the main reasons why I say they should stick to ONLY laws that enforce the 4-5 true morals, and that is it FOREVER!

    Avatar of Kyon Theorist
    Comment by Kyon Theorist
    19:28 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can just imagine someone somewhere trying to find ways of charging people for crimes, and saying "oh they have a ps3, bet they borrowed/lent a game at some point."


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    Comment by bluecarrot
    13:04 14/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait though, as long as you keep everyone who you lend to quiet there's no problem. I mean how are they going to prove anything without a confession?

    Avatar of AppleBread
    Comment by AppleBread
    19:23 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    this copyright nonsense is getting ridiculous

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    You must be joking.

    And to think I wanted to live in Japan.

    Avatar of Fapping Time
    Comment by Fapping Time
    22:22 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    what the fuck is up with the mindset in japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Copyright!! WHAT!? Oh Fuck this shit!!

    Avatar of MasterJ633
    Comment by MasterJ633
    04:25 14/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    That is one of the stupidest laws i've ever heard.

    They might as well arrest 90% of the gamers in High School and College.
    People lending somebody a game could be good business for the company. It may make them want to buy it.

    It's not like they made copies and sold the games.

    Avatar of PirosThe3rd
    Comment by PirosThe3rd
    19:44 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    okay,THIS IS NUTS !
    japan law is worser to worst
    what the f**k those bald goverment eggheads are thinking (also their f**king hitler,Ishithara )

    My opinion: we need to drop another atomic bomb.

    Avatar of Gekokujou
    Comment by Gekokujou
    20:00 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What are they thinking? Dude I don't think they're thinking at all.

    Avatar of Carnelian
    Comment by Carnelian
    23:58 13/01/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    So you can basically assault school children without prosecution, but lend a couple games to your mates and you'll find a bloody swat team at your door. That's bat-shit crazy if you ask me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    if you paid for the game u can lend/give it to anyone u want sooo what happens if u buy someone a game as a present will they aresst u to ? lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 13/01/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Haha, stupid anon thinks that when you pay for a game at store you actually BUY it. What a joke you dirty thief!
    You RENT products now. Learn2capitalism.

    Avatar of JD
    Comment by JD
    03:47 09/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't be surprised if we hear about such Christmas raids next to actually happen...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:40 13/01/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Lol, Japan's becoming dumb with its copyright laws.
    If there is no financial gain per-se, it shouldn't be considered illegal.
    Wow, in my kid days, I wonder what mine and my friends' time in prison would have been with this law. We've lent each other our old atari/nes/snes/gb games for ages!
    TBH, if I really like a game, I'll buy it. if not, I'm $50 bucks richer per game I find blah! :P

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