¡ª Netherlands authorities have made their first
arrest for allegedly sharing copyright files over
the Internet, a spokeswoman said.
The suspect used the
popular file-sharing program BitTorrent, said
Customs and Excise Department spokeswoman Agnes Law.
The 38-year-old man,
who was not identified, is suspected of uploading
the films Daredevil, Red Planet and Miss
Congeniality onto a Web site from which others
could obtain them, Ms. Law said.
The suspect was not
immediately charged and investigations are
continuing, she said. Illegally distributing copies
of copyrighted material carries a maximum penalty of
four years' prison and a fine of $6,400 (U.S.) for
every illegal copy.
innovative software that speeds up as the number of
people sharing data increases.
Officials have promised
to step up copyright protection efforts in Netherlands, which is known for its fake luxury goods and
illegally copied music and films.