You're Not Safe Anymore -- Identifying Pirates Just Got a Heck of a Lot Easier

By Gary Cutlack on at

Two long-running piracy cases in Sweden have been resolved in the favour of The Man, with ISPs forced to hand over identifying information that could lead to prosecutions for those currently being made an example of by The System.

The cases involve two counts of file sharing, one covering the uploading of audio books to a server by an individual ISP user, the other after the details of the administrator of Bittorrent site SweTorrents. The cases both come under the Swedish introduction of the IPRED legislation, EU rules designed to harmonise rules covering intellectual property cases.

After three years of legal struggle, the Swedish Supreme Court has found in favour of the rights holders in both cases, with the ISPs involved now obliged to name and shame the individuals deemed responsible.

And it could have knock-on implications for others. A lawyer from the Swedish Publishers’ Association believes the court's decision will be used to obtain the details of anyone believed to be using file-sharing systems to grab copyrighted material, resulting in a flood of warning letters arriving in the post boxes of torrent users. [TorrentFreak]

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