Hong Kong man convicted in first BitTorrent piracy case

By Mikael Hoffman on October 25, 2005, 11:28 PM
A Hong Kong man has officially been convicted for distributing movies over the Internet using BitTorrent. The Hong Kong customs department claims that Chan Nai-ming, 38, is the first person in the world to be charged for copyright infringement using the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing program. Chan is currently out on bail, and has a sentencing hearing scheduled for November 7.

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phantasm66 said:
He's just the first of many.
Julio said:
It hasn't been said so many times before, BitTorrent doesn't even try to hide your connection information whether you are downloading any legal/illegal material.
Mikael said:
Julio, you would probably be shocked about how many people believe that BT is a safe client to use. :/
bubber said:
anyone else notice its those who DISTRIBUTE the material who get in trouble . I personally dont see anything wrong in sharing a file with a FRIEND. so he can check it out .. but to Give away MOVIES and WHOLE ALBUMS to anyone who wants it for Free is counterproductive.. if i felt that all my songs were going to be given away for free then where would be my reason to sing them ..so while i can understand the anger of the artist who see their material being STOLEN.im still likely to send my friend the newest song by my favorite artist .. so he can hear it and mabey buy the cd.
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