P2P/IP Cases of Interest (Thesis Notes)

April 1, 2010


1999 – “Pokemon dojinshi incident” – Kyoto prefectural police arrest a dojinshi artist. She serves 22 days in detention and pays a fine of less than $1000. She also lost her job and her home (Mehra, 12 in his 2004 article, “Software as Crime”).


Early 2001 – WinMX released by Frontcode Technologies (American company). Program could handle double byte languages (like Japanese).

Sometime around here: Limewire released. Capable of handling Japanese characters from fairly early on. (More here, must find other sources for this.)

November 1, 2001 – MMO Japan Company makes File Rogue available to the public (Leitner, 15). File Rogue was a for-profit, file sharing program with a centralized server used to share music files.

November 28, 2001 – WinMX – 2 Students arrested by Kyoto High Tech Police for sharing business software. More here and here.


Isamu Kaneko (Mr. 47) develops Winny (Honjo, 7), exact date unknown att.

February 28, 2002 – MMO Japan sued by JASRAC and RIAJ.


January 2003 – Temporary injunction against MMO Japan

June 6, 2003 – Nintendo wins Hong Kong flash card case. Info here.

August 2003 – Antininny discovered on Winny

November 27, 2003 – Yoshihiro Inoue (41) and 19-year-old arrested for copyright infringement via Winny. Info here and here and here. Accused of uploading games and a movie.
Isamu Kaneko’s home is searched and the Winny source code is confiscated by Kyoto Police.

December 17, 2003 – Court ruling against MMO Japan, permanent injunction issued by Tokyo District Court.


March 2004 – First news of data leakage incident due to Antininny – file belonging to a member of the Kyoto Prefectural Police Agency on his personal computer (Orita and Murata, 165).

May 2004 – Isamu Kaneko arrested by High-tech Crime Taskforce of the Kyoto Prefectural Police

Sometime after his arrest, Share is released anonymously. No date for that att.

June 2004 – Kaneko released on bail.

September 2004 – Kaneko’s court hearings start at Kyoto district court

March 31, 2005 – Tokyo High Court upholds ruling against MMO Japan.


Numbers of media-reported data leakage through P2P malware incidents rises to 200 this year (Honjo, 7 – look at table on page 8 for list of examples, Orita & Murata, 165). Leaked files include sex crime victims, yakuza member names, traffic violators, power plant data, etc, etc.

July 2006 – RIAJ reports that the user rate for file-sharing software rises to 3.5% More statistics here.

September 2006 – File-sharing rates reported to rise to 9.6% of Internet users

December 2006 – Kaneko convicted and sentenced to pay 1.5 million yen. Appeal filed.


May 18, 2007 – 3 males arrested for sharing manga on Winny. Info here and here

June 2007 – More than 10,000 police investigation reports leaked from a computer personally owned by a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (Orita & Murata, 165)

November 29, 2007 – 14th meeting of the Private Music and Video Subcommittee reveals that 80% of public comments are against the revision of the copyright law. More info.

December 18, 2007 – The Private Music and Video Recording Subcommittee of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs pushes for a ban on downloading copyright content and a revision on Japan’s Copyright Law in their 15th meeting. (More info here and here)


January 24, 2008 – Kyoto Prefectural Police’s High-Tech Crime Task Force arrest 3 for uploading anime to Winny. One is the creator of a virus that uses cute anime pics. Info here and here

March 28, 2008 – Akihabara stores reported to stop selling R4. Info here.

May 9, 2008 – Three arrests for uploading anime files on Share. First arrests for Share. Info here and here.

July 29, 2008 – Nintendo+ announces lawsuit against R4 producers. Info here and here.

September 19, 2008 – Kazushi Hirata (33, Sendai) arrested for fansubbing and uploading Wanted to Winny. More info here

November 2008 – Nintendo releases DSi – R4 does not work in it. Info here.

November 11, 2008 – Kazushi Hirata pleads guilty.

November 27, 2008 – Share user arrested for uploading drama.

December 16, 2008 – Kyoto District Court on Tuesday sentenced an Kazushi Hirata to two years in prison, suspended for three years, for violating Japan’s copyright law when he fansubbed and uploaded Wanted. First fansubber convicted. Info here


February 12, 2009 – Two Share users arrested for child pornography.

February 26, 2009 – Tokyo District Court rules that R4 cannot be sold in Japan. Info here.

May 2009 – Supercard releases flash card especially for the DSi. Info here.

May 30, 2009 – Two arrested for webcast service (for profit). More info here and here.

Early June, 2009 – 5 teens, site admins for One Touch BBS, taken in for questioning by police. One put on juvenile probation. Info here.

Late July 2009 – Nintendo DSi update prevents flash card use. Info here and here and here and here and here.

August 5, 2009 – Yoshiaki Asagiri sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and a hefty fine for distributing DS games. Info here and here and here and here.

August 17, 2009 – First arrest of someone accused of uploading a cammed film (Crows Zero II). Kyoto prefectural police arrested Yoshitaka Miyatake, a 37-year-old transport company employee from Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. Meanwhile, Saitama police arrest Takayuki Hamaura, 28, from Kawaguchi for sharing a Harry Potter film. Both used Share. Info here and here and here and here.

September 26, 2009 – Nintendo’s efforts to block flash card use thwarted. Info here.

September 30, 2009 – Two share-related arrests. First users arrested for DS games.

October 2009 – Kaneko’s guilty verdict overturned by the Osaka High Court. Info here and here

November 30, 2009 – 10 Share users arrested in one swoop, coordinated by Tokyo Police. 1 more (woman, Korean dramas) reported arrested later. Info here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

Early December 2009 – Japan loses case in France’s high courts against flash card developer. Info here.

December 6, 2009 – RIAJ event in Shinjuku to promote Copyright amendments. Big pop artists attend, but do not speak about Copyright amendments. RIAJ and IFPI reps speak out against downloading. Info here.


January 1, 2010 – Copyright Act amendments go into effect. Info here.

January 6, 2010 – 48 men charged with sharing child pornography on Cabos. Info here and here and here.

January 27, 2010 – Kyoto police arrest 37-year-old for uploading anime on Perfect Dark. First Perfect Dark-related arrest. More info here and here and here

February 25, 2010 – Kagawa Prefecture police arrest man (33) for uploading music on Cabos. Info here and here and here and here.

March 1, 2010 – First arrest for uploading to a foreign site. More info.

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