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First File-Sharing Conviction

Published tisdag 25 oktober 2005 kl 13.07

The first person charged under Sweden’s new law against file-sharing has been found guilty by the district court in Västerås, west of Stockholm.

The 28 year old was accused of distributing a popular Swedish film over the Internet, which he had first admitted, then denied, saying he had misunderstood the police question. Most of the evidence was gathered by a controversial film and music industry lobby organization, which has been accused in the past of planting files.

But the court rejected the defence contention that the evidence had been manufactured. Because the case concerned only a single film, and the defendant had not profited by his actions, the court did not give a jail sentence. Instead the 28 year old has been fined 2000 dollars.

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