Thirteen film studios are suing three individuals for 500 million yen (about US$3.9 million) for creating 10-minute, edited summary versions of their films known as "fast movies" ("fast eiga"). The lawsuit was filed on May 19 by the studios, which included TOHO and Nikkatsu. In June 2021, police arrested the "fast movie" online summarizers for illegally uploading content and committing copyright infringement.
The movie studios calculated the amount of damages by counting the number of online views for "fast movies" from 54 films that were shown in Japan, including Shin Godzilla (pictured right). Each view was valued at 200 yen (approximately $2) by the studios. Some "short films" have received over 2.65 million views.
Unauthorized film recording in theaters is a crime in Japan, according to the Act on Prevention of Unauthorized Film Recording. Uploading such footage to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other services is also a violation of copyright. Individuals who violate the unauthorized recording law and Japan's general Copyright Law face up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to 10 million yen (approximately US$90,000), or both.
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