Not guilty plea in Winny case

Mainichi Interactive reports on today’s opening of the trial against Isamu Kaneko, the maker of the Winny filesharing software.

Isamu Kaneko, 34, a Tokyo University graduate school lecturer, entered a not guilty plea to charges of aiding in the violation of the Copyright Law by developing Winny, a software program that allows users to exhange files.

The article is also interesting in the sense that it mentions what happened with the two alleged Winny users that were arrested in the end of 2003:

In November last year, Yoshihiro Inoue, of Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, and a 19-year-old youth from Matsuyama, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested for using Winny to download software and make it available to unlimited numbers of computer users, an alleged infringement of the Copyright Law.

The youth has since been convicted, while Inoue told the Kyoto District Court on Monday that he was not guilty of aiding copyright law violations because the fault for his alleged wrongdoings lay entirely in the hands of Winny. Prosecutors asked the court to jail Inoue for 1 year.

For more coverage, see Joi Ito’s web and the Japan Today article he’s refering to.

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