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file-sharing

Is Ipred a toothless law?

Published torsdag 16 augusti 2012 kl 12.04

A much debated anti-file sharing law seems to have had little effect in Sweden. When introduced, the Ipred Law was expected to lead to hundreds of cases annually concerning copy- and usage right infringements, but since 2009 it has resulted in only 11 cases.

Based on an EU directive, the Ipred Law allows rights holders to turn directly to the courts to obtain the IP Internet addresses of suspected file-sharers, without having to go through the police.

When it was introduced in April 2009, the government believe it would involve between 400 and 800 cases a year.

Instead, a survey shows that over the past three years only 11 requests have been filed. Of those 11, only three applications have been granted.

The report says that illegal file-sharing did drop in Sweden immediately after the introduction of the law, but a few months later it had returned to the previous levels.

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