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File-Sharing Law Sinks Internet Activity

Published torsdag 2 april 2009 kl 10.57
Many have downloaded audio books

Following the the introduction of a controversial new law on online file-sharing Wednesday, Internet traffic in Sweden has apparently plummeted by over 30 percent .

The new law could mean heavy fines for anyone here downloading films or music illegally. It also gives the representatives of copyright holders the right to get the IP Internet addresses of suspected violators to help track them down.

According to the infrastructure monitoring company Netnod, Internet traffic in Sweden dropped between 40 and 50 percent as soon as the law went into effect. The head of the movie industry lobby organization the Anti-Pirate Bureau tells the newspaper “Metro” that this reflects their longheld belief that most online traffic is file-sharing, and it shows that the new law has had an effect.

The first day saw more than 100 complaints filed under the new legislation, many for pirated audio books. But it’s unclear if they concern uploads made Wednesday. Online activity before the first of April was not supposed to be covered under the law. (gw)

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