THE first person worldwide to be convicted of distributing movies over the popular online BitTorrent network appeared in Hong Kong’s highest court yesterday to appeal against his jail sentence.
Chan Nai-ming, sentenced to three months in prison in 2005, sought to overturn a guilty verdict for distributing three Hollywood movies onto the web via the peer to-peer file-sharing technology.
Chan was charged in April 2005 for uploading the movies Daredevil, Miss Congeniality and Red Planet without a licence. He has already had an earlier appeal rejected.
A lawyer for the unemployed 38-year-old said Chan only uploaded the movies, and did not distribute them.
BitTorrent allows downloads from multiple sources, each supplying a small part of the file — making it easier and faster to share large files.