Swedish antipiracy law stirs up political waters

File swappers in Sweden, land of the world’s largest bittorrent sharing site, The Pirate Bay, are facing a tougher future.The so-called IPRED law, scheduled to go into effect Wednesday, will in some instances require Internet service providers to reveal subscribers’ Internet Protocol addresses to copyright holders–including the film, music, and game industries–that charge users with illegal file sharing.
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/business/0,39044229,62052734,00.htmInternet traffic in Sweden plummets on first day of law banning web piracy
Internet traffic in Sweden – previously a hotbed of illicit filesharing – has fallen dramatically in the first day of a new law banning online piracy.The country – home to the notorious Pirate Bay website, whose founders are awaiting a court judgment on whether they have broken the law by allowing people to find films, games and music for illicit downloads – has previously been seen as a haven for filesharing, in which people can get copyrighted content for free.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/apr/02/sweden-internet-traffic-plummetsAs Sweden’s Internet anonymity fades, traffic plunges
A new Swedish law that went into effect yesterday makes it possible for rightsholders to go to court and unmask a user based on an IP address. Traffic passing through Sweden’s main Internet exchanges fell almost in half in consequence.
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/04/as-swedens-internet-anonymity-fades-traffic-plunges.arsPiracy law cuts internet traffic
Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country’s new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest.Sweden’s new policy – the Local IPRED law – allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7978853.stmNet traffic down on first day of Swedish antipiracy law
The same day a new antipiracy law went into effect in Sweden, Internet traffic took a dive and five audio book publishers went after an alleged illegal file sharer in court.The so-called IPRED law, which went into effect Wednesday, requires Internet service providers to reveal subscribers’ Internet Protocol addresses to copyright holders in cases where a court finds ample evidence of illegal activity.

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