A man who shared a variety of TV programs using the popular Japanese anonymous P2P software Share has been arrest for copyright infringement, we hear.
Police were prompted to investigate by reports made by Fuji TV that he was sharing large numbers of their programmes, and upon investigation by police a man in his forties was identified as the likely culprit and arrested.
Apparently the investigation was conducted by the same High Tech Crimes Unit responsible for arresting the creator of Winny.
Earlier in the year there was a Share anime distribution arrest made, not the first, and a number of Winny arrests have previously been made. We also saw a recent eMule arrest, the first in Japan, along with a LimeWire arrest, both for pornography related charges.
It would appear a bittorrent arrest is all that is required to complete the migration of the less technically literate to the likes of yourfilehost and Veoh, which is probably not the intended outcome.
Leaping to the conclusion that anonymous P2P in Japan is now completely at the mercy of police is obviously the effect desired by studios, but more technically literate observers are unconvinced.
It is clear that the Winny protocol has been exploited to the point of insecurity, but many are sceptical that Share has been so cracked, and no one thinks Perfect Dark to be in any danger.
In the case of Share, details of the technical hurdles overcome by police are not forthcoming, as was the case with Winny; there is the suspicion that these individuals are not only large scale uploaders, but also engaged in the publicisation of their files by themselves posting links (hashes or tripcodes in the case of Share) to public and entirely unencrypted boards such as 2ch.
Thus they are relatively easily apprehended, but in all likelihood the protocol and encryption remain uncracked.