I wonder how much this is costing?
I bet if the Police lose we'll all be paying this chap's costs out of our tax bill?
Really, though, I'm not too shocked by the state of affairs. I'd have though that, once the police have appeared in the media and stated things he simply had not done, their case would be pretty screwed.
The fact is he didn't "download it to his website" - that's the whole bloody point !!! Neither did he charge people to use it (although he perhaps did to advertise on it?). It seems to be the copper mentioned doesn't have the faintest clue about the technology, methods or even the business model employed.
A perfect indication of why the Police are completely ineffective against computer crimes. The Majority don't understand them, don't see them as "serious" as their isn't any blood and find the intrinsic complication difficult to grasp. What we need is a US-Style system of being able to recruit experts directly into the Police, where they start as detectives who never do street duties, are paid as technical experts and actually understand what they're trying to achieve.
I understand IT well enough to be useful in support and I have served in the Police.