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Japanese Man Arrested for Counterfeiting Love Live! Pins

True story: a 44-year-old man from Kagoshima, Japan was arrested July 6 for selling counterfeit Love Live! pins, reports the Sankei Shinbun. The man has admit ted to the charges.

The man was selling the pins on an internet mail order site, making up to 500,000 yen ($4150) a month. In total, he had made approximately $17,000 on the pins since last year.

Sunrise, who own the copyright to Love Live!, suspecting something might be up, purchased some of the badges and determined they were, indeed, fakes, leading to the man’s arrest.

Coolest part of the story: the man was arrested by Ibaraki’s Cyber Crime Unit. Yes, there’s a unit of the police called Cyber Crime. Best consider that next time you’re thinking about pirating some Love Live! badges.

Sources: Sankei, ANN, Jin115

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.