File-Sharing Trial Begins

The first trial against a person accused of file-sharing begins here Tuesday.

The new law against downloading copyrighted material went into effect here on July 1st. This first case is against a 28 year old from Västerås, west of Stockholm, accused of making a popular Swedish film available over the Internet through a file-sharing program.

Meanwhile, the Swedish police have asked the Data Inspection Board if it is legal to post recordings from police interrogations on the Internet. Last spring the police in Ljusdal, north of Stockholm, questioned a person over the telephone twice. That person apparently recorded both interviews and has posted the sound on a website, along with extracts from a letter from the police.

The police say the recordings have nothing to do with case investigations, but they wonder if putting the phone call sound on the Internet violates the privacy of the officer involved.                

The Data Inspection Board has not responded but a board lawyer tells the newspaper “Ljusdals-Posten” that harmless material can be put on the Net, but it should be removed if someone feels insulted and asks for its removal.

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