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File-Sharing Law Cuts Sweden’s Web Traffic By 30 Percent

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The fightback starts here: after the introduction of a new anti-piracy law in Sweden on Wednesday, internet traffic across the country dropped dramatically and five audio-book publishers launched a legal challenge to reveal the identity of a suspected repeat piracy offender. The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED) went live yesterday, giving copyright holders greater powers to obtain piracy offenders’ details through the courts — as a result internet traffic was down 30 percent as of 2pm Wednesday according to Computer Sweden , via

Five publishers – Earbooks, Storyside, Piratforlaget, Bonniers and Norstedts, backed by the Swedish Publishers’ Association – wasted no time in using the new rules and are appealing to a district court in the Stockholm suburb of Solna to reveal to identity the owner of one particular IP address they suspect of illegally downloading 2,000 audio books. The music industry is thought to be prepraring its own first case using the IPRED law.

A similar drop in traffic took place when the servers of BitTorrent-tracker The Pirate Bay were raided three years ago and that site last week took its own measures to combat IPRED by launching the Ipredator private network, designed to protect its users’ IP addresses from would-be prosecutors.

The Bay recently warned authorities that “the network is under our control, not theirs”. Although the amount of pirated downloads may be greater than the number of legal transactions, that boast isn’t completely true and the entertainment industries and the courts seem keen to remind pirates who is in charge according to the law.

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4 Responses to “File-Sharing Law Cuts Sweden’s Web Traffic By 30 Percent”

  1. To Soren (2)

    I should have said, most BROADBAND ISPs assign a static IPs.

    Dial-up/ADSL users often get a random IP at each dialup occasion.

    And that is logged too, in the form of "User 324943 logged on at XXXX and was assigned IP XXXX".

  2. To Soren

    Soren: Bullshit, most ISPs assign a STATIC IP to each customer. You're truly stupid if you choose to be willfully ignorant and put yourself at danger. People with static IP have the same IP all the time so if the ISP gets a request to turn over the person for that IP, they get the right person.

    Likewise, almost all ISPs have logs of who owned each IP at what time. How do I know? I worked at Telia and we had these logs for law enforcement purposes such as child porn cases.

  3. Sören Andersson

    This is all newspaper propaganda. IPRED will have no effect since the ISP will not store the information. This way its impossible to know who had a specific IP. This is legal and alot if ISP will do this. Those who chose not to, will lose customers.

  4. A very positive step. This is only the beginning, however.
    Still stronger measures need to be implemented and enforced, and not only in Sweden, but worldwide.

    The Pirate Bay also needs to be shut down. If the name is not enough of a give-away, the fact that they are using cloaking technologies should also clarify the illegal intent.