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A Hong Kong man pleaded innocent in court for allegedly violating copyright laws by sharing movies on the Internet, a judicial spokeswoman said.
The 38-year-old unemployed man, Chan Nai-ming, was arrested in January and faces charges of allegedly uploading three Hollywood movies onto the Internet without authorisation by using the popular BitTorrent (BT) peer-to-peer file-sharing software.
The Hong Kong customs and excise department laid the charges and have claimed that Chan is the first person in the world to be charged with violating copyright through BT peer-to-peer file sharing.
The judicial spokeswoman said Chan was released on bail of 5,000 Hong Kong dollars (641 US dollars) and the case had been adjourned until June 23.
Up to April this year, the governmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anti-Internet piracy team has cracked 41 Internet piracy cases, involving the distribution of files and articles on auction websites, leading to the arrests of 67 people.
BT allows Internet users to trade files such as music, movies and software, by directing one-to-one connections.
It is popular among users as large files can be shared without having access to a proper server, and because of this there is little accountability for the content of the files.