Pirate copies of Miyazaki's latest anime found at festival


KOBE -- A street vender who sold DVDs of "Howl's Moving Castle," a
popular animation film directed by the famous Hayao Miyazaki, has been
arrested for copyright violations, police said.

"Howl's Moving Castle" is still being screened at theaters across
Japan and the DVD version has yet to go on sale, leading officers to
suspect that the illegal DVDs were made after someone secretly filmed
it in a theater.

Shigeyoshi Oshio, 35, a street vender from Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture,
has been accused of being in possession of illegally copied DVDs,
including those of "Howl's Moving Castle," at a stall during a
festival at a shrine in Nishinomiya on Monday.

Officers seized some 1,000 DVDs from Oshio. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan,
Jan. 11, 2004)