Japanese authorities arrest YouTubers for posting game videos with spoilers

Japanese authorities arrest YouTubers for posting game videos with spoilers – first time in country

Shinobu Yoshida, a 52-year-old resident of the Japanese city of Nagoya, became the first person in the country to be arrested for illegally posting video game gameplay videos on YouTube.

    Image source: Steam

Image source: Steam

Yoshida was in the romantic comedy genre of Steins because of the visual novel; Gate: My Darling’s Embrace, which debuted in Japan back in 2011 and hit the West with a re-release in 2019, is in an unenviable situation.

Since 2019, Yoshida has uploaded a Steins;Gate: My Darling’s Embrace walkthrough video to YouTube. This is practiced everywhere in Japan, but unlike his colleagues, the arrested person has also monetized the videos.

Being a visual novel, Steins;Gate: My Darling’s Embrace is most interesting from a story perspective, and videos released by Yoshida included the game’s ending, among other things.

In addition to the Steins;Gate: My Darling’s Embrace videos, Yoshida released spoiler-filled shortened versions of episodes of the Steins;Gate and Spy Family (Spy × Family) anime series.

Japanese holding company Kadokawa Corporation (owner of FromSoftware), which owns the rights to adapt Steins;Gate, has already done so commented. The company is happy that it managed to stop the copyright violator.

Yoshida pleaded guilty: “I knew it was impossible, but I kept going anyway”. The Japan Overseas Content Control Association (CODA) makes this clear “basically” Use of gaming videos requires permission from the copyright owner.

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