Whether you were actively seeking it or not, chances are you happened upon the latest trailer for the upcoming Shin Evangelion film throughout the past week. With that being said, as it turns out, Studio Khara isn’t too happy about that — the famed studio headed by Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno released a statement over the weekend expressing their disappointment in illegal uploads of the theater-only teaser, even threatening legal action towards the very people who uploaded various recordings of the likes.
This past week saw an official release of the trailer, but it certainly wasn’t released quick enough to best heavy-handed theater-goers from recording their own copies of the trailer. In a press release shared by Studio Khara following the trailers official release, the animation studio threatened fines for uploaders of up to 10,000,000 yen (roughly $90,000 USD) while citing various copyright laws. Within the release, Studio Khara also made mention of the maximum 10 years imprisonment for those who uploaded to sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
While it remains to be seen as to whether or not the famed studio will actually pursue legal action towards uploaders, Studio Khara did go on to mention that even those who uploaded the videos anonymously can be tracked. Until something happens, however, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the matter. Those wishing to read further into the matter can visit Studio Khara’s official website.