Japanese Pirate caught in the act

Tokyo Man Found Guilty of Anime File-Sharing - Anime News Network

Sentenced to 1.5 years in prison for using Share program for unauthorized sharing

The Kyoto District Court has found one of three defendants guilty of unauthorized uploading of Gundam and other popular anime with the Share file-sharing program on Friday. Judge Kōji Shibata ordered Moriyoshi Inoha, a 41-year-old company employee from Tokyo, to serve one year and six months in prison (with a three-year suspended sentence). Prosecutors has asked for that length of prison time for Inoha on July 4. One of the other defendants, 34-year-old company employee Kasuhiro Maki from Kawasaki City, is also facing an 18-month sentence from a different judge in the same court. Although others have been indicted and sentenced for using other programs to share files without permission, Inoha, Maki, and Takahiro Ōtomo from Hiroshima Prefecture were the first in Japan to be arrested for allegedly using Share, a program that had promised high anonymity for its users. (Ever since security researchers found flaws in Share in 2006, other successor applications have been developed.)
Japan's Copyright Law prohibits unauthorized uploaders but expressly allows people to download for private use. The Japanese government is pushing for a ban on unauthorized downloads as well, despite receiving thousands of messages from citizens opposing the ban.


Certified Shitlord
While I don't think prison is the appropriate place, why should we care about what thieves are doing? They broke the law, got caught and are facing consequences. What's the big deal?

Like I said already, the big deal with these stories is the fact that prison just isn't the answer.


Staff member
Prison is a good deterrent for most people though. Most people would rather pay a fine than go to jail for a significant amount of time.


Forum Drifter
I always acquire my shows and movies legally!! I promise!!! *shifty eyes*

Anyhow with that said and with knowing the consequences I still think jail is suitable.