The proprietors of four video game bars have been arrested for allegedly violating Japanese copyright law. According to Yomiuri Shimbun, these arrests are being called the first of their kind in Japan.
Update June 13 - 7:30am: An earlier version of this story said there had only been one arrest. There have been four, and this story has been updated.
Above is a photo from Bar Colorful’s Facebook page.
Earlier this spring, there were suspicions that the bars were lending out games to customers without getting authorization from copyright holders like Nintendo and Capcom.
Japan’s Association of Copyright for Computer Software (ACCS) sent these bars warnings, which were apparently ignored.
Earlier this year, three video game bars were shut down in Osaka that allowed customers to play games for free while charging them for drinks.
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