Man Arrested for Being King of All the (Fake) PiratesTokyo police arrested a 21 year-old Chinese man for violating Japanese copyright law. The man, a student at a Japanese vocational school, was taken into custody for selling phony One Piece figurines.


Since February 2011, the man allegedly sold approximately 1,300 fake One Piece figures via online auctions, earning ¥5 million (US$63,000). The man got the figures from China for the equivalent of a few bucks, and then turned around and sold them online in Japan—sometimes for a couple hundred bucks a pop.

Authorities apparently found 85 knock off One Piece figures in the man's residence, located outside Tokyo.

「ワンピース」偽フィギュアを販売、中国人逮捕 [読売新聞]

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