Earlier this week we posted about Romi Hoshino, AKA Zakay Romi, a 28-year-old man who was arrested for allegedly running one of the most notorious illegal manga-sharing websites, Manga Mura. Now Fukuoka prefectural police have arrested two more people who are suspected of involvement with the website, which reportedly has over 10 operators behind it.
The suspects in question are a 26-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, both of whom reside in Tokyo and allegedly uploaded Chapter 866 of the One Piece manga on May 29, 2017. They admitted to violating copyright laws in Japan, but the police are currently looking into how many other unauthorized works the pair may have uploaded.
As previously reported, the Japanese government estimates Manga Mura’s damages to the publishing industry to be around ¥320 billion, or roughly US$2.96 billion. Authorities have issued a warrant for another Japanese man involved in the website, and all in all the many connected suspects have allegedly shared tens of thousands of volumes of content through Manga Mura.