Toei Co. Ltd announced on July 4, 2022, that they will be taking strict legal action against users who were illegally uploading clips from the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero movie online.
According to Toei, such acts of secretly filming clips of the movie and uploading them online is a violation of the copyright law, and perpetrators are subject to heavy penalties of up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to 10 million yen, or both.
They are working with investigative authorities with a view to making a case for both criminal and civil prosecution.
“We are determined to take strict action against such acts, including legal action, and we have already discussed this case of voyeurism with our legal advisor’s office,” the company said in their statement.
Almost 3000 illegal clips from Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero have been identified online in the first ten days after the movie’s release. This number is 10 times higher than the number of clips that were found for Dragon Ball Super: Broly movie that released on December 2018.
The company is working on removing such illegally uploaded clips and images.
Additionally, they are also monitoring the situation at the theatres and strengthening their vigilance.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero released in Japan on June 11, 2022. It earned 2 billion in Japanese theatres and sold 1 million tickets within 12 days of its release.
The fully 3DCG film is being directed by Tetsuro Kodama at Toei Animation, and Naoki Satō is composing the music. Nobuhito Sue is the art director, Chikashi Kubota is the animation director, and Jae Hoon Jung is the CG director.