Ten days after the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero, the second anime film in the Dragon Ball Super franchise, Toei disclosed on Monday that it has discovered over 3,000 instances of illegally recorded footage uploads of the movie on websites including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. Toei estimates that there are around ten times as many cases as there were in the last movie, Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
The business continued by stating that it is considering taking legal action against these uploads and is considering both a criminal and civil lawsuit. Additionally, Toei has made a request for the removal of the unlawfully uploaded video to the relevant sites.
People who break Japan's Copyright Act, Act on Preventing Unauthorized Film Recording, and general Copyright Law may be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail, penalties of up to 10 million yen (about $73,000), or both.
On June 11, Japan saw the release of Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero. In its first two days, the movie sold roughly 498,000 tickets for approximately 670 million yen (about $4.99 million). As of July 3, the movie had already sold 1.4 million tickets for 1,903,144,340 yen, or around $13,99 million.
This summer, starting in August, Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures will release the movie in cinemas all around the world. The summer showings will have both the dub and the original Japanese audio with subtitles. "All continents, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia (except Japan)," according to the corporations, will get the movie's distribution.