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Winny developer found guilty

Pretty big news on the file-sharing front today: Isamu Kaneko, the developer of P2P software Winny (earlier entries), was found guilty of “assisting copyright violations.” MSN-Mainichi comments:

[I]t is rare for the developer and provider of high-tech software in the IT field, which the government is promoting, to be punished for users’ abuse of the program. It appears likely that the ruling will affect future technology development.

This Japanese Mainichi article has more details about the ruling. Apparently, the court didn’t like the fact that Kaneko developed his software while being aware that it was (going to be) used for exchanging copyrighted files. The court further found that Winny “physically and psychologically facilitated copyright infringement” and that “most of the files exchanged on the network were copyrighted.”

Kaneko is expected to appeal against the ruling.

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  1. […] And if they want Japanese search engines to take a slice of Google’s market share, all they would need to do is build those under opt-in and then take Google out of the Japanese market completely for deliberate and systematic violation of copyright (a criminal offense under current law). If you can fine the Winny developer, you can of course enforce current copyright law against the Evil Spam Empire. If things go according to the plans of the Working Group, legislation will be introduced this fall. […]

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