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TV Sharer Arrested Over Share Use


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.

Via Sankei.

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.

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  • Is Tor still safe? They could have used it to avoid getting v&. It encrypts and routes your TCP transmissions all around the world, so if you post an anime show link, to the po-po it will look like a Norwegian dude posting anime links.

  • Robert patrick says:

    I don’t get it : Fuji TV is a FREE channel, financed by advertisment. It’s not like they are losing money if you share their programs, UNLESS it’s a drama, baceause they sell dramas on DVD afterwards, but if it was just TV programs, where is the loss ?
    Don’t they know Japanese outside of Japan enjoy watching those programs ?

    • Anonymous says:

      The value of the commercial time slots are defined by spectator number statistics.
      Downloading shows is much more convenient than watching them when they air: you do it when you want to and you get to watch it in one go, without advertisement breaks.
      This reduces the amount of money offered for commercial time slots, and thus the network revenue.

      Viewing their TV channel itself is Gratis, but you pay them by being influenced into buying from their sponsors.

      tl;dr this is all about forcefully getting you to watch advertisement. _Their_ advertisement.

  • ….That sucks. Although I don’t support copyright infringement, The world of P2P will prob come to an end at some point. And then, something better will me made. After time, that will end. Then something better… you get the point.

    • Anonymous says:

      Cool uneducated bullshit, bro.

      Peer to Peer (P2P) is a network model that like Client-Server is not that prone to ever go away as long as the Internet remains the Internet, and not some TV-like one way broadcast bullshit.

      What does come and go are specific implementations of the P2P model, like eDonkey and Bittorrent.

      But speaking of the future, I’m expecting a new model to flourish: a P2P/Client-Server hybrid, where sharing sites like Megaupload, Mediafire, etc are used in conjuction with the very fault-tolerant P2P model.

      For example, using the Bittorrent chunk model, you could upload some chunks in a package to a file sharing site, instead of sending them directly to someone.
      This would work like some sort of deferred multicasting, where upstream traffic is offloaded/multiplied by these hosting sites.

      The Client-Server part already exists with JDownloader, and the P2P part exists as bittorrent.
      It’s just a matter of taking a few headache pills and fusing both together.

      The synergy would be massive.