Man Gets Suspended Sentence for Uploading Case Closed via Share Program

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Hideo Yoshida, a 46-year-old unemployed Tokyo man, was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in prison for using the Share file-sharing software to upload the 74th volume of the Case Closed manga without the copyright holders' permission. However, the judge in the case suspended Yoshida's sentence, giving him instead three years of probation. If Yoshida is not convicted of another crime in the next three years, he will not have to serve the 18-month prison sentence.

Tottori Prefectural Police had arrested Yoshida in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward on July 25 under suspicion of uploading the volume between May 3-8. The authorities then suspected that the man uploaded a total of over 1,800 manga volumes without the permission of copyright owners. At the time, Yoshida admitted his guilt, stating that he began uploading gradually because of his love of manga.

Security researchers have known about flaws in Share's anonymity features since 2006.

Source: Yomiuri Online

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