Japanese P2P Software Developer In Court

Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program WinMX, yesterday (Sept. 1) pleaded not guilty to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Cou

Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program WinMX, yesterday (Sept. 1) pleaded not guilty 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 programs that enable peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Kaneko, who was arrested May 10, is accused of allowing Internet users to download the "Winny" P2P program, and helping two people 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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