'Evangelion' Creators Warn Against Pirating With 10-Year Prison Reminder

“It is our company policy to take strict actions against those committing such crimes.”

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In light of the release of Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time, the franchise’s creators have now issued a statement warning people who are attempting to pirate the movie.

Reminding people that piracy-related crimes could result in a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $96,900 USD, the creators adamantly wrote that “Recording movies in theaters is a crime according to the Act on Prevention of Unauthorized Recording of Films. The uploading of unauthorized recordings of films to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc., is also a copyright infringement. Copyright infringement violates the Act on Prevention of Unauthorized Recording of Films and the Copyright Act”

Adding that “It is our company policy to take strict actions against those committing such crimes,” they go on to explain that they’re working closely with publishers and distributors Toei and Toho on coordinating efforts to combat piracy. The statements were also released in English and Chinese, suggesting that the team behind Evangelion are fully ready to pursue legal action internationally.

It’s not all grim, however. Aside from issuing the warning statement to anyone pirating the new film, the anime’s creators also released two new teaser clips, giving fans a closer look at what’s to come. You can check those out above and below.

In other entertainment news, Disney has offered a sneak peek at the upcoming Cruella.

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