Saturday, October 10, 2009

Winny P2P creator acquited by Japanes high court

"A Japanese high court acquitted the developer of a free file-sharing program Thursday in a high-profile case over copyright law, a court official said.

The high court reversed a 2006 ruling by a lower court that imposed a fine of $17,000 on Isamu Kaneko, 39, said the court official, who declined to be named, citing department policy...

In the 2006 ruling, a judge said Winny assisted in the perpetration of crimes...

But Presiding Judge Masazo Ogura rejected the initial verdict, saying it "cannot be said that the defendant published the software to encourage copyright infringement," according to Kyodo News Agency"
Kaneko was an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo when originally arrested in 2004.

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