Man Arrested For Allegedly Violating Yu-Gi-Oh's Trademark With Fake Cards

Image: Kazuki Takahashi, Konami, TV Tokyo (Public Domain CC)
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A 27-year-old university student has been arrested in Fukui, Japan, after selling phony Yu-Gi-Oh cards at a flea market.

The fake cards featured Dark Magician Girl and Blue-Eyes White Dragon and went for 86,000 yen ($792) and 46,000 yen ($423) respectively.

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According to Fukui Shimbun Online, the suspect was quoted as saying, “I didn’t know [that the cards were fake].” He also blamed this on the person who bought the cards. I guess the reasoning is that the customer should have known? Later, the customer thought something was amiss after noticing that the cards’ colorization was off.

The suspect is accused of infringing upon Konami’s trademark, and the authorities are investigating the matter further.

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