The world is keeping an eye on Hong Kong's - and the world's - first arrest for Bit Torrent downloading, but whether the case will set the world an example depends on the court's verdict, says Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology John Tsang Chun-wah. 'It could be the world's first prosecution against illegal internet file-sharing,' Mr Tsang said on Commercial Radio programme On a Clear Day yesterday. 'We will have to wait for the court's verdict, because this is something that has never been done. But according to the legal advice we obtained, the distribution itself is illegal. The issue doesn't lie in whether the person has made any profits out of it.' On Wednesday, officers arrested a 38-year-old unemployed man for uploading three Hollywood movies on to the internet using Bit Torrent. It was the world's first enforcement action against the file-sharing technology. Bit Torrent technology allows participants to share files, peer to peer, in a way that speeds up the time it takes to download a file - which could be anything from a song to a movie. The larger the number of people who participate, the quicker their downloads. According to Sam Ho Wai-hung, Motion Picture Association International's Greater China director of operations, there were more than 2,400 cases of illegal peer-to-peer online file-swapping in Hong Kong in 2004, compared with 107 cases in 2003. More than 600,000 movie files are illegally downloaded around the world every day. Mr Tsang put the arrest down to the government's co-operation with the industry. 'Hong Kong Customs is certainly one of the world's most experienced teams in combating copyright infringements,' he said. 'But what we do, compared with other countries, is work closely with the industry and ISPs [internet service providers].' Last Christmas, Ms Tsang declared that the government would use Kung Fu Hustle as a trial point to combat illegal online file sharing. He said the exercise was successful. 'We haven't found any local seeds [indicators of illegal sharing] of Kung Fu Hustle,' he said. 'But there are some [seeds] coming from the mainland. If they are found outside of Hong Kong, there's nothing we can do.' Mr Tsang said the government was looking into an industry proposal to set up a film bureau. He defended Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's proposal to chair a consultative body for the cultural and creative industries himself. 'The advisory body will have me and Patrick Ho [Chi-ping, Secretary for Home Affairs], and I'll be responsible for film and digital entertainment,' he said.