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First Swede Convicted For File Sharing Music Illegally

Published torsdag 19 oktober 2006 kl 11.07

A Swedish court on Wednesday fined a man for illegally sharing music files online, making him the first Swede to be convicted for spreading copyrighted songs over the Internet.

The 44-year-old, who was not publicly identified, was fined 20,000 kronor (US$2,700) by the Borås District Court in southern Sweden for making four songs available for download by other users of a file-sharing network.

It was the first time a Swedish court tried a case of online piracy of music files, following the adoption of tougher laws against file sharing last year. Previously, several courts have issued similar fines against people who distributed copyrighted movies via file-sharing networks.

The decision was welcomed by the record industry.

Sweden was long criticized as a safe haven for online piracy before toughening its laws against file-sharing. Up to 10 percent of all Swedes are estimated to freely swap music, movies and games on their computers.

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