Anti File-Sharing Law Passes
The Swedish parliament has approved a new law giving the film and music industry more power to track down illegal file-sharers.
The opposition Social Democrats voted with the center-right government, while MPs from the opposition Left and Green parties voted against.
The legislation, which the government says is based on an EU directive, has been widely controversial. A new study from Lund University indicates that harder penalties for illegal downloading of copyrighted material will not encourage more users to stop.
However, Liberal Party MP Karin Pilsäter, who chairs parliament’s commerce committee, tells Swedish Radio News that laws should not be ignored just because people don’t want to follow them.
The new law goes into effect from April 1st.