I would have signed even fabricated statements, accused tells world's first piracy trial involving BitTorrent technology Chan Nai-ming, the defendant in the world's first piracy case involving BitTorrent file-sharing technology, yesterday said he did not understand the statements that customs officers had asked him to sign. But customs officers rejected a claim by lawyers for Chan, 38, that information in the statement about movies he allegedly made available on the internet had been the interrogators' own 'inference and assumption'. The entire statement was read out to Chan before he was asked to sign it, customs officer Chung Kin-wah said. Chan said he had signed one statement at his Tuen Mun flat in January because the officers told him his wife would be free to go to work if he did. 'I didn't have any choice but to sign it ... I would have signed even if it might have fabricated parts,' he told Tuen Mun Court. 'I just wanted my wife to be able to leave the flat. 'I did not dare read it [thoroughly],' he said. 'I only knew that if I co-operated with the customs officer then my wife would be free to go.' Chan was charged in April with attempting to distribute three copyrighted films on January 10 and 11 without the owners' licences. He has pleaded not guilty. He told the court yesterday he did not understand or thoroughly read the statements, one taken at his home and a record of interview at the Customs and Excise office later the same day, before signing and agreeing no amendment or corrections were needed. Defence lawyer Paul Francis said that the brief introduction of the caution statement in the record of interview said that Chan had admitted to customs officers at the scene that the computer in his living room was used to upload three movies using Outlook Express software. However, Mr Francis said Chan had made no such admission when the officers raided his home at 7.50am on January 12. 'The defendant only said it was 'my personal matter, it has nothing to do with my family' when he was asked whether he had uploaded movies at his home.' He added that his client did not speak of the method, the time or the movies that he was uploading. 'This additional information is only the custom officer's inference and assumption,' Mr Francis added. 'The credibility of the statement was damaged substantially.' But customs officers rejected the suggestion. 'This information is based on our investigation,' Chung said. Chan was arrested for allegedly uploading three movies - Daredevil, Red Planet and Miss Congeniality - onto the internet using the BitTorrent file-sharing software. The jobless man has pleaded not guilty to three counts of copyright infringement and three of accessing a computer with criminal and dishonest intent. The BitTorrent file-sharing software speeds up the time it takes internet users to download large files such as software or movies. But it requires people downloading files to upload - or share files - as well. The government prosecutor, Hayson Tse Ka-sze, estimated that Chan's trial could take about three days. Eight or nine witnesses would be called to testify, including two computer experts to give evidence on technical issues. The case continues today before Magistrate Colin Mackintosh.