The leader of the Pirate Party, Rickard Falkvinge, outside the Pirate Bay trial in February
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Ipred Law Boosts Pirate Party

The Ipred law might have seen a 33 percent decrease in internet traffic in Sweden but since last Wednesday’s introduction, the law has seen membership of the Pirate Party soar by 1,000 members.

The Pirate Party, which was set up in 2004 and wants to reform patent and copyright laws, now has 14,000 party members and is confident of winning seats in the upcoming EU parliamentary elections.

Based on the European Union’s intellectual Property Rights Enforcement directive, or Ipred for short, the new law makes it easier for owners of copyrighted material to go after illict file sharers, with internet service providers now forced to turn over any details about such internet users if a court finds enough evidence that the user has broken the law. Anyone found guilty faces a heavy fine and even jail for large scale infringement.

Last Thurdsay, the first two arrests were made just a day after the Sweden’s anti-piracy law came into effect. The two men aged 26 and 27 were arrested at their homes in Skövde in southern Sweden on suspicion of breaching copyright law by allegedly downloading copyrighted films and then making them available to file sharers online.

Both men, as well as a third arrested the following day were released from police custody over the weekend pending further inquiries. Police seized computers and servers in the raids which were part of an international police crackdown on illegal filesharing codenamed ”Operation Carbonite.” After the first two men were arrested, Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad told Dagens Nyheter newspaper that he believed the pair were part of an international network of illicit file sharers.


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