Fine for filesharer ‘puts stop to police action’

A 45-year-old man has been fined by the Appeal Court in Gothenburg after making four music tracks available over the internet.

The ruling confirms the punishment handed down by Borås District Court in October. The man had appealed his conviction, while the prosecutor had demanded he be given a suspended prison sentence.

The original verdict in the case was the first concerning file sharing of music. Pro-file sharing advocates at Piratbyrån welcomed Tuesday’s ruling.

“The court is confirming that file sharing is punishable by fines. This means that the police are not permitted to demand details of the addresses behind IP addresses and cannot carry out house searches,” said Piratbyrån’s Tobias Andersson.

“This means that small-scale file sharers are immune. And I believe that the industry will slowly but surely come to realise that this is a pretty fruitless tactic,” he added.