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A student who allegedly spread a computer virus was convicted Friday of copyright infringement in a case that has highlighted the lack of laws in Japan to police cyberspace.

Masato Nakatsuji, 24, a graduate student at Osaka Electro-Communication University, was charged with maliciously spreading a virus by embedding it in an image from a Japanese animation film he illegally copied and distributed.

The virus he allegedly used, the "Harada virus," is one of Japan's top viruses, and Nakatsuji's arrest in January was the first in Japan involving the making or spreading of viruses.

Downloading the Harada virus and the image destroyed data on victims' computers and moved information stored on their computers onto the Internet, according to police.

Nakatsuji was found guilty in Kyoto District Court Friday and received a suspended sentence of three years.

Police considered other charges, including damage to property and obstructing business, before deciding that copyright violation charges would hold up best in court.

Nakatsuji did not contest the charge, police say. His lawyers argued for a fine instead of jail time, saying it was unfair to penalize Nakatsuji more heavily because a virus was involved in the copyright violation, Japanese daily newspaper Mainichi reported.
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Out of all the reasons they had to use copyright infringement? They should really work out their laws regarding online crimes. I wonder what would of happened if he just released the virus itself and got caught? Would he be home today making a 2nd version as he watches the first one populate the net?

Anyone who spreads a virus in a non-testing environment should be locked up for a long time, no excuses!
Edited by aod2002 - 5/21/08 at 6:19pm
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Out of all the reasons they had to use copyright infringement? They should really work out their laws regarding online crimes. I wonder what would of happened if he just released the virus itself and got caught? Would he be home today making a 2nd version as he watches the first one populate the net?

Anyone who spreads a virus in a non-testing environment should be locked up for a long time, no excuses!
But 99% of the time you get virus' from illegal activities. I have never once had a virus and I use my computer up to 4 hours a day for internet, gaming, instant messaging, and school work.
    
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hmm, I think that they should take all of your Computers if you make a virus. Kind of like if you street race and you get caught, they crush your car rite in front of you.
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Read about this months ago on torrentfreak. They have no laws over there regarding viruses, so all they were able to nail him with was copyright infringement.
Edited by Liability - 5/21/08 at 7:26pm
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But 99% of the time you get virus' from illegal activities. I have never once had a virus and I use my computer up to 4 hours a day for internet, gaming, instant messaging, and school work.
The only time that I can confirm that I got a virus was back on my dial-up connection in the late 90's. How do I know? From one boot to the next my bios was suddenly password protected. I tried a couple of variations of f%*$you before I hit the one that let me in, and from there every option had a different password that I didn't bother trying to figure out - just pulled the battery and formated the drive. Problem solved.

To this day I have no idea what virus it was or how I got it. P2P didn't even exist back then, I wasn't on ICQ, any newsgroups, or doing anything with ftp - just doing what everyone else was doing with the internet back then - figuring it out. Moral of the story is that you can't be too careful.
Edited by Jarhead - 5/21/08 at 9:40pm
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But 99% of the time you get virus' from illegal activities. I have never once had a virus and I use my computer up to 4 hours a day for internet, gaming, instant messaging, and school work.
you forgot about porn...

which isn't illegal
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But 99% of the time you get virus' from illegal activities. I have never once had a virus and I use my computer up to 4 hours a day for internet, gaming, instant messaging, and school work.
It's legal in Japan to download for personal use (but not to upload), and they don't use traditional P2P programs.
They rarely use BitTorrent, and prefer Share, Utatane and Perfect Dark.

Getting infected from P2P is rare, as this virus hints (as it is spread using HTTP).
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Talking about bad laws, how about the DMCA 1998 and the Mickey Mouse Copyright Act (Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) 1998)?
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hmm, I think that they should take all of your Computers if you make a virus. Kind of like if you street race and you get caught, they crush your car rite in front of you.
Jesus christ, is that how they handle street racing in Cali.? Where i live, they just give you an outrageous ticket, suspended license, and make you take Driver's improvement classes.
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