Do you remember the case of the man who was arrested for uploading gameplay videos of Steins;Gate? His sentence has been announced, and it’s quite remarkable. In case you’re not familiar with the story, a 53-year-old YouTuber named Shinobu Yoshida uploaded gameplay videos of Steins;Gate on YouTube.
Note that the game in question is Steins;Gate: My Darling’s Embrace, which was released in 2012. The prosecution alleged that his video uploads caused significant harm to the copyright holders.
Man Who Uploaded Steins Gate Videos Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison
During his trial, the man who uploaded Steins Gate videos was found guilty and sentenced to 2 years in prison with a suspended sentence of 5 years. This means he won’t go to jail but will face various restrictions and a fine of 1 million yen.
He was also convicted of uploading videos of the anime Spy x Family on YouTube, even though these videos were edited.
This is the first case of a legal conviction for uploading game videos on YouTube. During the trial, the defendant explained his motive, stating that he wanted someone to see what he had created as part of his hobby.
The prosecution argued that the defendant’s actions were malicious and diminished the desire to purchase legitimate products while undermining the efforts of the game’s creators. The defense countered, claiming that the defendant’s actions were not particularly malicious and requested a suspended sentence.
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