BitTorrent accused pleads ?not guilty?

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2005, 12:00am

Updated at 5.43pm:
A man pleaded not guilty to three charges of distributing copyright films on the internet without the owners? licences, Hong Kong radio reported on Tuesday.

Chan Nai-ming, 38, had denied the charges at a hearing on April 29. Appearing in Tuen Mun court on Tuesday, he also pleaded not guilty to three additional charges of using computers in a dishonest way.

Customs officers arrested Chan in January for allegedly distributing three Hollywood films on the internet using BitTorrent (BT) file-sharing technology.

The court will hear the case again from August 10 to 12. Six witnesses, including information technology experts, will appear at the hearing. Chan was awarded bail of $5,000, Hong Kong radio reported.

This is the first time charges have been laid against a BT user for sharing files on the internet. BT is computer program which cuts the time needed to download files.

It also allows a user to share files with multiple users at once. The program has been popular for downloading copyrighted films and songs.