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Japan sinks P2P pirates

Rights orgs, police target users of Share software

Police have launched a crackdown on illegal use of the P2P software Share, the Anti-Counterfeiting Assn., an industry umbrella org, announced Monday.

Cops in Hokkaido, Akita, Tokyo, Saitama, Mie, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tokushima, Okuyama and Saga have arrested 10 Share users suspected of copyright violations. The pirated content includes foreign and domestic pics, music, games and toons.

Among the titles targeted by the busted pirates are domestic hits “Death Note” and “Death Note: The Last Name” as well as games including “Dragon Quest IX,” “Wii Music” and “Wii Sports Resort.”

Among the companies affected are Square Enix, Victor Entertainment, Sony Music, Avex Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Toho and Nintendo.

In Japan, Share has taken over from the locally developed Winny as the software of choice for P2P pirates.

Founded in 1986, ACA fights piracy in cooperation with its member orgs and national and local police.

Members include the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan, the Japan Video Software Assn., the Japanese Society for the Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, the Intl. Motion Picture Copyright Assn., the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan and the Assn. of Copyright for Computer Software.

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