Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program Winny, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 1 to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Court.

TOKYO -- Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program Winny, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 1 to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Court.

The case marks the first time in Japan that a software developer has been charged with facilitating copyright violation. Kaneko's defense claimed it is not illegal in Japan to create file-sharing.

Kaneko, who was arrested on May 10, is accused of helping allow Internet users to download the Winny P2P program, and that he helped two people to upload game software to the Internet.

If found guilty, Kaneko could be jailed for up to three years or fined up to ¥3 million ($27,400).

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