First Lolicon eMule P2P Arrests

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Police have arrested two men for sharing sexually explicit videos featuring underage participants over the eMule P2P network, the first such arrests for using an international P2P network in Japan.

The two suspects, salarymen aged 27 and 37, shared various videos, featuring participants “around the age of ten”.

“They knew both that the videos were illegal, and that they were providing them to overseas users” police say.

Police are pursuing an investigation into those with whom they shared the videos, but admit that assembling a case may be difficult due to the international nature of the transfers and the need to cooperate closely with police overseas.

The arrests are on charges of providing the illegal materials (or possessing with intent to supply), rather than for the newly introduced crime of “simple possession”.

This is said to be part of a wider international police operation, involving police from 74 countries, focused on the network; whether the Japanese police were the primary instigators of these arrests seems unclear.

Via Yomiuri.

Leaving aside the question of their alleged offences, for which they will likely receive little sympathy, this highlights the inferiority of many P2P networks popular internationally, in that they support minimal to no encryption, and have non-robust architectures.

eMule is a particular offender in this regard, having no real encryption support and an architecture which relies on public servers; similar criticisms might be leveled at Bittorrent.

Thus they are essentially able to exist only because of the relative indifference of law enforcement.

The three Japanese P2P networks, Winny, Share and Perfect Dark, all stand in stark contrast, being engineered with complete anonymity in mind; arrests have only followed after the first two have been years out of development.

Japanese users will doubtless reconsider using the international networks after these arrests, even if they do possess impressive size.


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    Comment by notfair
    00:32 21/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    that was a interesting (maybe), but CP illegal is a right thing.
    mind I ask something, beside lolicon, is there are any other -con?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 16/01/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    no it's not right thing! It's only right thing, if it is without boths consent! And the lie that any underage CAN'T give consent is bullshit!

    "Rape" for all ages is wrong, and this is the right way, no other!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:48 18/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    shotacon, toddlercon

    Comment by Lantis
    10:42 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Humm, I was a little confused when reading. I haven't clear if it was Real CP or just 2D lolicon.

    IMO, lolicon shouldn't be illegal if the general 2D ero is not.
    CP is sick, not like 3D porn, so must be illegal anywhere. But when is 2D I don't see the problem .-.

    Comment by hentaispyder
    12:55 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    am i the only one who cares?

    they need to start putting the web pages for these vids in the article!

    also: what is p2p?

    Comment by Mao_Kihan
    13:40 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    p2p is peer to peer. Think Kazaa, Limewire,and Bittorrent.

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    Comment by Artefact

    Might I suggest you use Google or Wikipedia to find out for yourself?

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    Comment by tyciol
    04:17 15/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man this is stupid, they should just get the guys who are having the actual sex.

    Comment by Silent Bob
    15:43 07/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just letting yall know... they did arest someone for loli i n the us. and it is soon going to be illegal because it is still images of underage characters. drawn or not.
    So watch out and start lookin at normal porn lol.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    15:40 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    It seems to be an international effort.
    In Brazil, today it was also ruled that posession of CP is also a crime.
    Up to today, it was only considered crime if you shared it.
    Fine by me, as long as they don't touch the lolis

    Comment by Lord Byegone
    13:51 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    En resumen:
    Es mejor usar Perfect Dark que pasar una oscuridad perfecta en la cárcel xD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 28/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    que es perfect dark

    Comment by Daisuke.exe
    17:27 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh, that's a bad joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    So CP possession is illegal in Japan now.

    It was only a matter of time, due to globalization and all.

    in b4 crapdown

    Comment by Trezaquets
    13:14 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyone know the rule for possessing loli material with no intent to supply?
    or no one believe that some people have no intent to supply...

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    Comment by Zomb1e13
    13:32 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli is legal still so it's not a problem to supply however CP, as in Real live girls, is illegal.

    Comment by Trezaquets
    21:40 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    what's CP ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 26/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Captain Planet!

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    Comment by garturo62
    02:05 03/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    crazy people

    Comment by vanhoe
    23:38 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    child porn??

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    Comment by Lafitte
    23:18 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Child pornography

    Comment by fabian
    22:07 12/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sure trust the encryption features of Perfect Dark and the likes a lot given that these programs are closed source and it's developers are unknown. So you can't rule out the possibility that it's a project of some media company or the police and that there may be a secret back-door or master key to get rid of the encryption. Even if someone finds such a thing this won't tarnish anyone's reputation since the developers remain anonymous.
    I'm not a open source fundamentalist but the encryption features of closed source software developed by some anonymous simply can not be trusted (IMO).

    That said, if they were willingly downloading and/or distributing real CP I don't mind them being prosecuted at all.

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    Comment by Artefact

    You raise an excellent point, and no I do not entirely trust them; if those developers had open sourced their apps there wouldn't be three separate networks confusing matters today. It's the best available, however.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those are the options in japan, but in the English speaking part of the world we do have some open source versions. http://www.phrack.com/issues.html?issue=65&id=6#article [http://www.phrack.com/issues.html?issue=65&id=6#article] describes a hard drive encrypter, and http://freenetproject.org/download.html is a network service. Not sure if these matter much to the Japanese though...

    Comment by Foton
    02:35 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I still cringe when "Lolicon" is applied to cases like this. It's just pure and simple arrests over CP >_>

    Long live nijigen lolicon. Down with CP.

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    Comment by Artefact

    In Japanese lolicon most definitely makes no distinction between 2D and 3D.

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    Comment by Bastille
    04:30 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which sadly is the only reason I can't swear off using the English meanings for words we've ripped off from the Japanese language and twisted to our own meanings. I'll eventually go to Japan one day and when I do, I'd rather not go around and make a lot of moronic mistakes as a result of my dependancy on those words in English.

    Comment by sunstreaker
    00:53 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    regarding CP in Japan. I came across some Japanese website featuring junior high school girls ( 12 and below, I think so ) in sexy PE attire, swimwear and various "sexy" or model poses depending on how you see it.

    Is that another type of CP explication?

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    Comment by Artefact

    That sort of thing is legal in most countries, if frowned upon.

    Comment by sunstreaker
    15:04 13/11/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The interesting things about those young models/candid websites are that they say this is not CP but only 18 years old and above are allowed to view the contents.

    what does that mean actually - It's not CP but it is adult content of young girls? I never read all the TOS so might have missed something out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 18/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    it's to make sure that we don't raep real children and just masturbate to kids in hot cloths pretty much....




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