The man is on trial for having shared Beyonce's album "4". Photo: Yosra El-Essawy/AP

Unique file sharing trial starts today

A unique trial starts today in Gothenburg where a Swedish man is facing a court after having shared US singer Beyonce's album "4" on the file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, sixteen days before its release date, Swedish Radio News reports.

Record company Sony Music Entertainment in Sweden is behind the lawsuit, and is suing the man for copyright infringement and for illegally sharing the album on the internet.

It is the first time in Sweden that someone is on trial for having shared an album, or any kind of copyright-protected material, before its release.

Sony had asked for SEK 1.5 million in damages for the twelve songs, but has now withdrawn the damages claim. Prosecutor Henrik Rasmusson says that even though the man was not the first person to upload the album, the fact that he shared it before its release should add to his sentence.

"I haven't decided whether to push for a prison sentence or not yet," he tells Swedish Radio News.

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