Winny case roundup

There’s a lot to do about the recent arrestment of the creator of Winny. Some interesting articles, blog entries covering the event:

Lenz Blog – Winny arrest:

[…] FTP has been around since 1971. Of course, users can violate copyrights by FTP. What exactly makes Winny different?

If there is no clear answer to this question, this kind of arrest is extremely dangerous. It might lead to a big setback for the development of the information society in Japan.

Asahi – Arrest suits record industry, irks fans of Internet freedom:

Jun Murai, who teaches information network technology at Keio University, is cautious.

“Winny is based on an important technology. I don’t know the developer’s intent, but in general, developing software is considered to be separate from its illegal use.”

Joi Ito – Developer of Japanese P2P system arrested:

[…] Japan is yet again leading the world in stupid Internet policing.

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  1. Isamu Kaneko, a very well-known software engineer and a research associate of Tokyo university, was
    arrested for creating a P2P software called ‘Winny.’ ‘Winny’ supports anonymous bulletin board and file-

    Creating file-sharing software is completely legal in Japan. Therefore, the police are justifying his arrest by
    alleging he ‘assisted’ two people who illegally uploaded copyrighted materials using ‘Winny’. This kind of
    manipulation of the law is a very serious threat to our freedom and rights.

    Isamu was arrested May 10, 2004 in Tokyo, by Kyoto prefectural police. He is still under detention is yet to
    be charged.

    » 2ch on May 25th, 2004 at 13:27

  2. Winny is a Japanese peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program which was made as a poor imitation of Freenet network and which claimed to keep user identities untraceable for hiding crime. The software takes its name from WinMX, where the M and the X are raised one letter in the Latin alphabet, to N and Y. As of September 2003, there were 250,000 users of the program according to the Tokyo-based Association of Copyright for Computer Software. According to P2Pnet, it is the most popular file-sharing program in Japan, with eDonkey and WinMX in second and third place respectively.

    The software was developed by Isamu Kaneko, who is a research assistant in graduate course of computer engineering at the University of Tokyo in Japan. Kaneko originally anonymously announced his intent of developing the software on the popular 2ch Japanese bulletin board site, but this board named ‘Download Software BBS’ was filled with many copyright violation criminal users. As one of 2ch’s cultures include referring to anonymous posters by their post number, Kaneko became to be known as “Mr. 47” (“47-Shi”, or 47氏 in Japanese), or just “47”.
    On November 28, 2003, two Japanese users of Winny, Katsuhiko Kimoto, a 41 year-old self-employed businessman from Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, and an unemployed 19-year-old from Matsuyama, were arrested. They were accused of sharing copyrighted material via Winny and admitted to their crimes. The police tracked the users via Winny’s transfer,since the cipher for anonymity was decoded.

    Kaneko also had his home searched by police. On May 10, 2004, Kaneko was arrested for aiding and abetting copyright law violation for arrested two Japanese users of Winny of many copyright violation criminal users in ‘Download Software BBS’ by the High-tech Crime taskforce of the Kyoto Prefectural Police.

    His developing of Winny at the criminal board is main reason for having be regarded as aiding and abetting copyright law violation. This police act doesn’t mean general developer’s crisis. The developers of other P2P of Japan aren’t accused by any crime. They released their P2P software on general website, but Kaneko released Winny at the criminal board of copyright law violation.

    » punisher on May 25th, 2004 at 16:14

  3. What do you mean with: “His developing of Winny at the criminal board […]”?

    » Andreas on May 26th, 2004 at 06:26

  4. […] 1. On May 10, 2004, Winny developer Isamu Kaneko is arrested for suspected conspiracy to commit copyright violation. […]

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