Here’s one for the books. Two Japense men, one 35 and one 36, have een arrested by police in Niigata Prefecture in Japan for trying to sell a modified anime figure on eBay.
It is alleged that the two anime fans have breached Japan’s Copyright Act by trying to sell the altered Kamen Rider W figure without permission from Toei. Toei is the film company who owns the Kamen Rider W license.
The modified model did well on eBay – it sold and reached just over 269,000 yen which is about US$3,300 or UK£2,035.
One of the men have allegedly said that they thought the sale of a single, handmade figure which wasn’t a knockoff of any of the mass-produced figures would be overlooked.
Via Anime News Network.