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Police have mounted Japan’s first crackdown on illegal posting of films on a popular video-sharing website, arresting a 35-year-old man on suspicion of violating copyright law, they said Tuesday.

Masao Fukui, according to the police, has admitted posting some 40 Western movies on the Nico Nico Douga site using its live broadcast service since around 2009, saying he wanted to share comments about the films with other online viewers.

The arrest was over his alleged uploading of the Hollywood films “Salt” and “Knight and Day” around 3 a.m. Dec. 9, 2010, using a computer at his home in Kochi, the police said.

They began the investigation after being notified in February by the Japan and International Motion Picture Copyright Association, which has issued warnings against the illicit acts many times.

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