Evangelion 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon a Time hasn’t been in Japanese cinemas a full week yet, but there’s already unauthorized footage from the film floating around online. Hideaki Anno’s studio Khara has taken swift action in the form of a notice issued on behalf of itself as well as TOHO and Toei on Saturday, warning everyone about the illegal recording and uploading of the excerpt.
According to the notice, footage from Evangelion 3.0+1.0 can be viewed online, and Khara adds that this type of recording in theaters is a crime under the Act on Prevention of Unauthorized Recording of Films. It’s also a violation of copyright to upload the footage to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and similar services where others can access it.
Khara aims to prosecute any violators to the full extent of the law, and such a violation can land the accused in prison for up to 10 years and/or hit them with a fine of up to 10 million yen, which adds up to about US$90,000.