Just as writers of malicious software being increasingly held responsible for the damage their work does, companies that write P2P software are finding themselves in danger as well. In 2004, a researched at Tokyo University was arrested for his part in authoring the Winny P2P file swapping program. Now, he has been fined
for doing this. According to the article, he was fined 1.5 Million Yen, which is roughly $13,000. A good chunk of change, but a far cry from the years in prison and million-dollar fines we have heard in other cases. This is much different from the U.S., in which there have not yet been any successful prosecutions of P2P authors. Could things be changing?