A new use for copyright infringement

A student who allegedly spread a computer virus has been convicted 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. (link)

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