As reported by numerous articles and tweets, the Japanese Tokyo High Court found guilty of cybersecurity violation a site operator who placed javascript on its page to use visitor resources for “mining”. Many critic the ruling for a variety of reasons, emphasizing the Court’s “outdated” approach.

Notably, the ruling is quite similar to the 1903 electricity theft case (see image). In that case, the Japanese court faced the question of if utilizing, without authority, others’ electricity would be a theft of “articles”. The court ruled affirmatively, emphasizing the value and ownership of electricity. So the recent High Court endorsed this Biblical principles of value of ownership and condemnation of theft. In fact, the defendant’s act was part of the efforts to validate and protect the value of a cryptocurrency against theft and misuse, Is there any reason at all for the defendant to be surprised by the ruling which was guided by the same principles?