You’ve heard about people getting arrested for leaking game spoilers way in advance, but how about in real life? Suppose you mess with Weekly Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha. In that case, the consequences appear to be pretty severe, as the foreigner duo behind the leaks were arrested in Kumamoto Prefecture by Japanese police following another issue getting spoiled.
Near 15 March 2023, 36-year-old Moussa Samir and her accomplice allegedly uploaded advance images of that Weekly Shonen Jump on the Internet, which was likely from 2023’s 16th issue. The issue included chapter 217 of Jujutsu Kaisen and chapter 1078 of One Piece among other notable series. They have denied the allegations, though investigations are still underway. The duo did, however, admit to a second instance of leaking from the same series on 31 January, just days before Issue 10’s February release.
Samir runs an anime merchandise online store and likely has close connections to other leakers, which has caused popular sites like Scanpiea and Starzunion to shut down their sites, and leakers deactivating their social media accounts.
“Illegally uploading ‘advance spoilers’ of manga magazine content before the official release date, and the subsequent diffusion through social media, robs the enjoyment from readers who were waiting eagerly for the on-sale date,” said Sueisha in a statement on the incident, “such actions also deeply sadden manga creators, and our company views this issue as a serious problem.”