Ipred Law

Telia Sonera Loses Its Ipred Appeal

Telia Sonera has lost their attempt to overturn a previous district court decision resting on Sweden’s controversial Ipred law. Put into effect in April 2009, the law is a Swedish implementation of an EU directive that aims to protect intellectual property rights.

The Svea Court of Appeals took the side of a number of film companies that had sued the company, however, ruling again that Telia Sonera must reveal the names behind Swetorrents, a Internet file-sharing site where copyrighted films have been distributed.

Telia Sonera argued against an earlier decision in Södertörns Tingsrätt, maintaining that the EU directive precluded the use of the Ipred law in this legal fashion. But the Svea Court of Appeals disagreed, ordering the telephone and broadband company to pay the film companies’ legal fees.

According to Telia Sonera lawyer Stefan Johansson, the company may still choose to appeal the decision again to Sweden’s highest court, Högsta Domstolen, despite the setback.