Man Arrested for Selling One Piece Money

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A 45-year-old man was arrested in Japan for selling U.S. legal tender with anime characters on it. His crime? Violating the characters' copyright, reports TBS News.

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Tomoaki Tanahashi, who works in television in Nagoya, was nabbed for allegedly selling four one-dollar bills with One Piece stickers on them, with each going for between 1,500 and 1,600 yen in online auctions. That's between US$13.74 and $14.66.

The alleged crime has been covered by the Japanese media, and above, you can see what the police confiscated. There were stickers for other characters as well, such as Frozen's Anna and Elsa.

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Illustration for article titled Man Arrested for Selling emOne Piece/em Money

Asahi News reports that there were about 50 one dollar bills with stickers on them found at the suspect's house and 500 more U.S. singles without stickers.

アニメキャラ不正使用の疑い フジ系関連会社社員を逮捕 [TBS]

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This reminds me a lot of JSG Boggs, the artist who draws pictures of US currency and then uses them (or attempts to, anyway) to buy things at restaurants, etc. In reality, his drawings end up being worth a hell of a lot more than what he purchased with them, because there are dedicated art dealers who will converge on the places where he exchanges them for goods and try to snap them up for their collections.