April 28, 2005

BitTorrent Users Targeted in HK [3:26 pm]

Hong Kong charges man with online piracy [pdf] (via Slashdot)

Hong Kong customs officials on Wednesday filed copyright violation charges against a 38-year-old man who allegedly uploaded three movies onto the Internet using the popular file-sharing program BitTorrent.

The suspect, who has only been identified by his surname, Chan, faces three charges of attempting to distribute copies of copyrighted material without authorization, the government said in a statement.

[...] Separately, a Hong Kong movie industry trade association said it plans to send letters to 100 BitTorrent users through their Internet service providers threatening legal action unless they stop using the software.

Be interesting to see under what sort of legal theory they will frame their “request.”

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