On October 21st, a man was referred to prosecutors in Tokyo for selling face masks with images of characters from Demon Slayer and Jujutsu Kaisen. He had been using images of these characters without permission and infringing on the franchise IP.
The Itabashi Police Station arrested the 66-year-old part-time worker from the city of Mishima in Shizuoka Prefecture. And are holding him on trial for violating Japan's Copyrights Act.
The perpetrator was selling these masks online through an auction website and made around 300,000 Yen or 2,600$ from April 2020 to July 2021. The man admitted to all the allegations and was quoted saying;
“I thought many people would buy them if I used popular characters”
According to the police report, he sold three cloth face masks with Demon Slayers Characters like Tanjiro and Mitsuri on April 23rd. And was also found in possession of four facemasks of characters from Jujutsu Kaisen and Demon Slayer.
This is not the first time the Japanese authorities made arrests on someone infringing the Copyright Rights Act. In July, this year, the Japanese police arrested a clothing wholesaler for selling Demon Slayer-inspired merch without getting permission from the anime production company. And before that in 2015, another man was famously arrested in Akiba for selling anime stickers of Evangelion and Haruhi, worth around 3 Million Yen.