Police in the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, arrested a 25-year-old man for illegal master ringtone distribution, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.

The man allegedly started a site offering free music-file downloads in May 2006.

In a similar case, police arrested a 45-year-old man in the southwestern city of Nagasaki last November for allegedly offering free ringtones on his mobile website without permission from rights holders. The unnamed individual was the first person ever arrested in Japan for illegally uploading ringtones.