After the introduction of a new file-sharing monitoring system this year, Kyoto Prefectural Police Crime Prevention Office Tech 31 in Japan appeared to have snared their first victim.
Following an investigation which began January 1st, a retired fireman was arrested in Shizuoka on March 31st on allegations he uploaded the movies Avatar and Percy Jackson and the Olympians last year using the “Share” software.
Sato Mori, a 62 year-old who worked in Numazu City, was tracked down after the new system identified him as an uploader of the movies. Although the system is said to be able to find ‘first releasers’ – individuals who are the first to put new material on the Internet – this man appears to be innocent of that offense.
Mori apparently obtained the movies from other file-sharing systems and uploaded them using “Share,” a file-sharing application which claims to hide ones identity, on December 20, 2009 at 4:30pm.
“I wanted everyone to be a happy film lover,” he reportedly told police.
In addition to the two sample movies, police say that Mori admitted uploading a further 500 movies during the last 4 years. It is unknown what kind of sentence the retired fireman will be facing for the alleged offences.