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Telia forced to reveal file-sharing customer

Published: 04 Dec 2009 16:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Dec 2009 16:14 GMT+01:00

Swedish Internet provider TeliaSonera has been forced to disclose the identity of a customer believed to be behind file-sharing site Swetorrents, after losing a court case to a consortium of film companies in the District Court.

If TeliaSonera refuses to reveal the name and address of the IP address holder, the company will face a fine of SEK 750,000.

The court based its decision on the grounds that there is a probable case for copyright rights infringement.

“The District Court has assessed the conditions of this case and is satisfied that the film studios have the right to the user details of the holder of this particular IP address,” says Annika Rygart, one of the three judges who listened to the case.

“They made the right decision,” says Sara Lindbäck, lawyer at the Swedish Anti-Piracy Office.

“The District Court conducted a very thorough review and the decision came from not one, but three judges.”

Four film companies - Swedish Film Industry, Pan Vision, Filmlance International and Yellow Bird, who represented the Swedish Anti-Piracy Office – took the case to Södertörn District Court.

TeliaSonera is expected to appeal the District Court’s decision.

TT/Alannah Eames (news@thelocal.se)

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