Japan: 2 men arrested for selling kitbash online

Discussion in 'The Toyark' started by Autobus Prime, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. Autobus Prime

    Autobus Prime Transit Former

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    I don't want to start fights, but I think this is something that we should pay attention to.

    Travoltron posted it to a.t.t., and I didn't see a topic here. Merge if required, of course. :) 
    While it's somewhat political, it's also directly tied to toy collecting and kitbashing.

    (originally from Anime News Network:http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2...en-rider-figure)

    (ATT thread:http://groups.google.com/group/alt.toys.tr...83d76341fa63ad3)

    My short answer is that this is crazy.
     
  2. Quantum_Penguin

    Quantum_Penguin Be seeing you...

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    That seems very odd, considering how friendly Japanese IP holders seem to doujinshi (essentially fan fiction manga that receives limited printings). I don't know how Japanese copyright law treats the secondary market, but it seems rather draconian to come down on customizers like this.
     
  3. grimlock1972

    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    Indeed odd. disturbing yes, but if this happened in the US it would be more so to our kitbashers. ( I am honestly quite out of the know on where the majority of our kitbashers are from)

    I do believe this could put a serious crimp in selling Kitbashes until its seen if the men in question are convicted.
     
  4. tfmad2010

    tfmad2010 Oh Hai Internet!

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    It's insane!

    Oh, and it's already been posted in the Kamen Rider thread.
     
  5. Autobus Prime

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    tfm:

    Okay, that's how I missed it...still, I think this has pretty general relevance, considering how many kitbashers we have around here, and how many sell their works online...in a thread, it's fairly easy to miss.
     
  6. tfmad2010

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    Yeah true. Just letting you know :D .

    I would question why it went for so much, but Frenzy-Rumble customs do go past that :/.
     
  7. Foster

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    I wonder if these guys will be charged with tax evasion as well?
     
  8. Paladin

    Paladin Have Zord, Will Travel

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    If there is an actual Utopia Dopant figure coming up for release soon, I could possibly see the logic behind Toei's fear- its not about someone using their property, its about someone PROFITING from their property before they can.

    However I think proceeding right to an arrest is a bit drastic; a simple court order prohibiting sale and future use would make more sense.
     
  9. LigerPrime

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    I actually can't believe the arrest actually took place because from my understanding Japanese toy companies would close an "eye" to such works. This can be seen in the various fan works would in manga. In a way, I was told this allowed "free marketing" of the toys/manga etc and to build-up the fan base.

    I wonder how this would impact the kit bashes in other countries such as the US. For example, we get to see some amazing works selling on e-bay.

    IMO the authorities were being high handed in this matter.
     

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