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Japan coming down on piracy

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A Japanese court has sentenced a man to a year in prison for violating copyright law, the country’s first Internet film piracy prosecution. (Sentence was suspended for three years, however.)

Yoshihiro Inoue, who lives in Takasaki City, was arrested Nov. 27, 2003, for using Winny peer-to-peer file-swapping software to illegally distribute Universal Studios’ “A Beautiful Mind” online.

“This is a judicial milestone not only in Japan, but globally,” said Mike Ellis, senior VP and regional director, Asia-Pacific for the Motion Picture Assn. “It sends a message that illegally distributing copyrighted material via the Internet is not only illegal, but also that those doing so are not anonymous and will be caught.”

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