The Kyoto District Court has ruled against 38 year-old company employee Yoshiaki Asagiri, who was put on trial for distributing DS games online without permission and breaking Japanese copyright law.

Asagiri has been sentenced to 2 and half years in prison and fined approximately US$21,000, plus an additional fine of $75,000. Late last year, Asagiri was arrested for creating a website that made over 1,000 DS games available for download.

The judge who sentenced Asaigiri said his crime "tramples" the effort of the copyright holders who have spent tremendous time, effort and money in creating these games.

時事ドットコム:DSソフト違法配信の男に実刑=「著作権者の努力踏みにじる」−京都地裁 [jiji]