Swedish Rightsholders Continue Anti-Piracy IPRED Offensive

It’s traditionally been the home of illegal file-sharing in Europe, but since the introduction of strong anti-piracy laws this year Sweden has become a lot less hospitable to freeloading P2P nerds. The IPRED law — which obliges ISPs to hand over personal details of suspected offenders to rights holders — is credited for a big reduction in piracy and an increase in music sales. But it’s not just in Sweden that pirates are feeling the heat…

— The Teliasonera ISP faces a SEK750,000 (£64,000) fine unless it hands over names and addresses of the founders of the Swetorrents private P2P tracker. A court ordered the disclosure after a complaint made by rights holders using IPRED legislation. The claimants are film companies Industri AB, Swedish Film, PAN Vision Publishing AB, Filmlance International AB and Yellow Bird W-2 AB, according to Swetorrent’s blog.

— The Swedish branch of global music industry trade body IFPI has applied to the Stockholm District Court to get an ISP to hand over user data, using the IPRED law. The group submitted evidence in an attempt to get the details of a single IP address on Monday. Also via Torrentfreak

— Dutch P2P tracker Mininova was forced to remove all torrents pointing to copyrighted material after a court ruling and — unsurprisingly — its traffic fell by 66 percent from five million normally to 1.8 million on Friday. As Torrentfreak reports, the number of daily downloads is now four percent of what it was pre-ruling. Previously one of the biggest torrent sites, it now just hosts links to legitimate material and hardly anyone is interested.