In the modern age of file sharing, more and more are downloading, and sharing games via various file sharing protocols, as well as numerous sharing applications. Although the amount of software and games that are distributed amongst peers "illegally" is extreme, we seldom hear of people actually being charged or incriminated for sharing games.
The line has now been drawn in the sand though, as Japanese police have arrested at least ten alleged file sharers whom are accused of illegally distributing copyrighted games online. Using a popular peer to peer application, known as "Share", the alleged suspects were tracked by the Anti-Counterfeiting Association of Japan, in which they claim is the first ever case of someone actually being charged with illegally sharing Wii games, for the extremely popular Nintendo console.
Share has been on the verge of climax since late 2004, when it came onto the scene in Japan after the renowned "Winny" peer to peer application came to a halt. The original author and founder of "Winny", however, was arrested and charged with "developing a program that helped users commit copyright infringement without intent to prevent it", and sentenced with a 1.5 million yen penalty. Ever since that time, "Share" has taken the throne in Sea of Japan as king of the file sharing applications.
The arrests were a small part of a large investigation, following ten different Japanese cities, as well as a well known network of encoders whom had no clue that they were being pursued. The arrests took place in Hokkaido, Akita, Tokyo, Saitama, Mie, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tokushima, Okuyama and Saga, all of which are cities in Japan. Ten different suspects thus far have been apprehended, with their leaving a potential to be even more in the coming days and weeks.
While some of the arrests did not pertain just to Wii games, this is what's making the headlines, as it's the first known time someone has actually been charged for sharing copyrighted material related to console gaming. A few of the accused whom were arrested, allegedly were sharing copyrighted music, the popular television series "Death Note", and the rest were allegedly sharing popular Wii titles, such as "Wii Music", "Wii Sports Resort", "Dragon Quest IX", to name a few.
Nearly half the individuals arrested were unemployed, with one of few whom did actual have a job, being a local government employee. Another strange element to this case, is that in Japan, the Copyright Law prohibits an unauthorized uploader to distribute copyrighted material, yet they allow the citizens to download anything as long as it's for private use. In recent months however, the Japanese government amidst pressures from anti-p2p groups, are pushing for an outright ban on the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material for even private use.
There is a current amendment, that was passed this June, by the Japanese parliament, that if not overturned, will make it illegal to knowingly download any copyrighted material in Japan. This law will go into effect on January 1st of 2010, if there is no opposition success at overturning it.
What's shocking more so than anything, is that individuals in Japan are actually using such file sharing applications at all. LimeWire, FrostWire, BearShare, and similar applications as "Share", should have taught us all a lesson about the safety of a "file sharing application" versus the safety of a file sharing protocol, such as BitTorrent. Why anyone would still use the outdated and under-performing programs such as those, is beyond me.
The reality though, is that gaming is a huge market, twice the profits of the movie industry, and nearly five times that of which record companies enjoy. With increasing popularity, and increasing profits, of course the increase in piracy comes directly along with it. No doubt that this is just the beginning of the war against those whom wish to share games or gaming content in the future.
December 6th, 2009Posted by: Date:
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
|download for private use only...|
but can't upload for the downloaders for private use.. in japan that is...
great reading again.. Obs... Cheers!
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SaM (2009-12-06 22:09:59)
|ooooooo...scary...thanks OBS...i think we have now to concentrate more on games torrents :D|
|posted by (2009-12-06 22:10:21)|
|arent all cases to show a example no matter if its movie wii games ect|
|posted by (2009-12-06 22:22:48)|
|Thanks for the Info Obs, I hadn't realized that before today, game downloaders had an invisible safety net as apposed to movie or music downloaders. I just thought they all fell under the same category. I have the WII, NDS, and Gamecube which the WII plays. I have never downloaded games for them as I have heard you can get bricked. Any or all info on this would be appreciated. It would be nice to save some dough for Christmas.|
|posted by (2009-12-07 00:42:10)|
|great read obs if ur going to copy games just go rent them and then copy them|
|great thanks. Obscene...|
|Great read. And thanks for the heads up for people to know what's happening out there. Keep it up OBS. :)|
|Another great article by Obscene, thanks for the interesting read. I`m a Nintendo fan, got all the machines...i hope they stay in Japan with these arrests and not hit the rest of the world. Peeps keep up the good work and keep on seeding!|
|Thanks for the article obs|
|So its ok to kill whales to near enough extinction in Japan but file sharing is wrong . WHAT EVER NEXT thx OBS for the info|
|good read obs.... thanx|
|Arrest me, sue me, whatever you like. Guess what I'll be doing the day I'm released...checking ET for new torrents you scurvy pieces o' sh*t (probably still looking for the Halloween 2 rip). AAARRRRRR!!! Quote:"WE WON'T STOP" -obs|
|MY DVD BURNER WONT COPPY THE GAMES TO MY HARDDRIVE, SO I CAN UPLOAD THEM... BUT MY BUDDY WORKS AT A PLACE CALLED A LIBRAEY (I GUESS ITS AN OLD SCHOOL P2P NETWORK THE GOVERMENT HELP FUND ) AND THEY HAVE GAMES THERE YOU CAN RENT FOR FREE!!!! SO I GUESS IF YOU CAN COPPY GAMES CHECK OUT YOUR LIBRAEY AND IF ANY ONE WANTS TO GIVE MY WIFE A SUPER XXX-MISS PRESENT UPLOAD THE NEW SUPER MARIO BRO. WII GAME!!!!!|
|wel said bodthepimp.long liv torrent/p2p|
|good read thanks obs.|
|Thanks for the info Obs, i dont see why they are makeing a big point about 10 people, thats like 10/millions(if not billions)|
They will never stop us downloading so i dont see the point in trying but i suppose if they didnt try than everyone not just the people who dont care about the law would download
|Most of our favourite up-loaders are Sued or banned.Now ET please support our up-loaders like aXXo etc|