Man Behind Manga-Mura Sentenced For Three Years in Prison, Read Full Story

Romi-Hoshino

A 29-year-old was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for working an illegal manga website that permitted individuals to peruse pilfered duplicates of famous funnies, for example, “One Piece.”

The Fukuoka District Court saw Romi Hoshino as liable for copyright infringement for running the website Manga-Mura, which has caused the manga business losses of over ¥300 billion, forcing a fine of ¥10 million.

Presiding Judge Hiroshi Kambara likewise requested the seizure of some ¥62 million in criminal advances as Hoshino had disguised in abroad financial balances.

Prosecutors had looked for a very long time in prison and a fine of ¥10 million alongside taking the criminal proceeds acquired through online adverts on the web page.

Requiring a suspended sentence, Hoshino’s defence lawyers had contended during the preliminary that his activities didn’t establish wrongdoing since a portion of the manga files transferred on Manga-Mura were at that point shared and accessible on different websites.

Hoshino was kept in the Philippines after being recorded on a global wanted list and ousted to Japan in September 2019. He had entered the Philippines in May of 2020.

As per the indictment, Hoshino schemed with three associates to violate the copyright law by transferring unauthorized image files of the megahit comic “One Piece” and “Realm” in May 2017 on Manga-Mura.

Hoshino has additionally covered the ¥62 million incomes in abroad ledgers between December 2016 and November 2017. The Manga-Mura website was closed down in April 2018, a month before he left for the Philippines.

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