Sweden: File sharer convicted but reasonably safe

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Sweden: File sharer convicted but reasonably safe

A file sharer has been convicted in what is the biggest P2P case in Swedens history. A 31 year old man from Linkoping has been hit with a fine (around $US9000) and a suspended jail sentence for sharing 4,500 music tracks and 30 movies.

Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask commented:

"A consequence of the court having increased the sanctions in this case is that it will be easier to make ISPs give out information on IP addresses [in the future]. This of course affects the possibilities to act against these kinds of crimes."

Magnus Eriksson, spokesperson for Piratbyran says he sees no significance to this verdict and that most file sharers can continue without risking prosecution.


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