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 its kind in Japan.
According to Mainichi, three of the suspects ran video game bars in Kyoto (Amusement Bar Colorful and Game Bar Clantz). The fourth one ran two in Kobe (Game Bar Fanati and Game Bar Equlit).
Above is a photo from Bar Colorful’s Facebook page.
Earlier this autumn, there were suspicions that the bars were lending out games to customers without getting authorisation 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.