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BitTorrent User Convicted

ZDNet UK has an article that reports that a BitTorrent user in China has been convicted of copyright infringement. Chan Nai-Ming, an unemployed 38 year old, was using BitTorrent to share "Daredevil," "Miss Congeniality," and "Red Planet." He was apprehended by custom officials in January 2005.

This is a presciendent setting case as BitTorrent has risen in use around the world. What sets it apart, is that everyone who uses it has to share. Sharing files, not downloading them is what is illegal in all the files sharing cases so far. Now everybody who uses the software is potentially a target. One's only defense in these cases is to prove that one doesn't use BitTorrent. Expect the movie industry here in the US to start going after BitTorrent users more vigorously in the near future. --Terrence Ryan

Posted by on October 26, 2005 12:05 AM
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