Sweden to clamp down on file sharing

Courts will be able to force internet service providers in Sweden to give out IP-addresses used in illegal file sharing to whoever owns the rights to the material.

The government is now united in how to approach the issue, write Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask and Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth in the opinion pages of newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Those who own the rights must be able to prove that an internet service subscription has been used for infringement, the ministers point out.

With the new proposal, the government is effectively rejecting an alternative proposal put forward by in a report by appeals court judge Cecilia Renfors which called for internet service providers to shut down subscribers who repeatedly downloaded films and music without permission.

The government will not move ahead with Renfors’s proposal, write Ask and Adelsohn Liljeroth.