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Fewer Swedes file sharing: study

David Landes · 14 May 2009, 06:24

Published: 14 May 2009 06:24 GMT+02:00

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The changes in Swedish file sharing habits come in the wake of the guilty verdicts in the Pirate Bay Trial and the implementation of a new law making it easier for authorities to hunt down file sharers, Sveriges Television (SVT) reports.

As previously reported by The Local, internet traffic in Sweden has dropped nearly 40 percent since April 1st, the date the new anti-file sharing law went into force.

Now a new survey of 2,700 people carried out for Sveriges videodistributörers förening (‘Swedish Association of Video Distributors’ – SVF), shows that 20 percent of Swedes aged 15- to 59-years-old have cut down on or completely stopped file sharing.

However, a full 36 percent of the most active file sharers, males aged 15- to 24-years-old, are now file sharing less or not at all.

According to the study, the fear of getting caught is the primarily reason respondents give for why they are file sharing less.

“Earlier people thought that maybe the police didn’t really pay attention to the information in the same way,” a young file sharer named Joar told SVT.

“But now there are some who are really motivated to do something, and who have showed that they’re doing something. So that makes people little scared and reserved.

The reduction in file share by Swedes has also been noticed by officials at Sweden’s Anti-Piracy Agency (Antipiratbyrån – APB).

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“The month of April was really hectic. Now everything has stabilized and we see how internet traffic has stabilized; we see how the decrease in bit-Torrent trackers has stabilized,” said APB lawyer Henrik Pontén to SVT.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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07:23 May 14, 2009 by casinoed
This proves that these people knew beforehand that what they were doing may be unethical.

Why does the nanny state always have to intervene and tell people how to behave? What is the point in being given a brain and a conscience if you are too dull and witless to use it?
07:44 May 14, 2009 by bob3000
Agreed. THe Government decided we cannot regulate ourselves and our sense of fairplay, so they have stepped in - digital systembolaget, here we come.

I do wonder though if it's the whole story or slightly wishful thinking. Was the survey independent? I'm sure the "Swedish Association of Video Distributors' – SVF" - want to reinforce the impression.

If the report was, "Swedes continue to download en mass regardless of new tougher laws" - then perhaps plenty of people might feel emboldened.
09:25 May 14, 2009 by JethroGreenmantle
You can read the figures another way, of course:

80 per cent of "Swedes aged 15- to 59-years-old have" NEITHER "cut down on or completely stopped file sharing."

63 per cent of "the most active file sharers, males aged 15- to 24-years-old, are" STILL "file sharing" ... and some have perhaps increased their activites.
13:32 May 14, 2009 by Random Guy
here is the deal..........

1. if you have a cop by a stop sign, no one does a "rolling stop". you 100% stop.

2. when the cop is not their, you sometimes roll stop.

3. some people, go another route to avoid the cop and the stop

4. others just chance it anyway.

So, very soon, swed's will start using VPN's like the one TPB is to roll out. Others will go another way, like VPN's or other tech to avoid the cops. Others will use PG2 or other software to try to be safe and just roll on past the cops.

It is just a matter of time!
14:24 May 14, 2009 by eZee.se
Ok, lets get this straight, new law comes out saying file sharing is illegal, then they go out and ask people do you do something illegal and everyones going to say yes?


Bet that kid was laughing all the way home after he answered those questions, once home he went to his computer, switched on his VPN (which costs 49kr per month) started up uTorrent / Frostwire or whatever and simply went under the radar.

49Kr is CHEAP to secure your connection from both IPRED and the FRA law + download music and movies to your hearts content... not to mention priceless in giving the media cartels the finger.
14:26 May 14, 2009 by bob3000
"Random Guy"

Yes the TPB VPN service is a way to attempt to bypass IP location, however look at IPRED and the implication of intercepting all digital communications passing over and within Swedish Borders - you still need to connect to the VPN from within Sweden.

If Telia (they still do) etal (Tele2, Bahnhof - do not) collect logs detailing connections, e.g. between TPB's VPN and your machine - you are effectively advertising your intend to break the law.

Whereas email and VOIP can been encrypted source to target and ensure privacy.

TPB is of not interest - IPRED is the threat here.
15:23 May 14, 2009 by Jamtjim
Just a thought but...

For over 50 years the music industy has made an absolute killing of the backs of the public. They encourge people to listen to the music they produce and turn it into popular culture. They have had zero ethics when it has come to for example fair pricing (by having a CD cost twice as much in europe as in the states). In addition the music industy foist manufactured garbage upon us (mostly aimed at kids) featuring untalented but stereotypically good looking "singers".

In the mean time the people who get most rich from all this are the fact cat executives who are far better rewarded than the actual artists themselves. And why should the artists get so well payed anyway... I thought they were supposed to be in it for the art not the reward. A musician is just like any other worker, and should be payed accordingly.

To counteract the failure of their own business model, the music industry have used thier ill gotten power and influense to erode our own personal freedoms by lobbying for "big brother" type laws. In the courts they have their own representatives hold positions of influence such as the corrupt judge in the Pirate Bay case...

And these idiots then have the front to tell file sharers that THEY are unethical...

It is a funny world we live in!!!
15:25 May 14, 2009 by Inletwatcher
SHHH! you give all the secrets away!
15:30 May 14, 2009 by Mmamma
this is the funniest bit of news i have heard. The haven't reduced, they just hide thier ip and connect through proxy servers from other countries, so you think they are connecting from the usa for example. My neigbour sent me and email when i traced the mail using the headers the destination was califonia USA meanwhile he is here in Sweden.
16:02 May 14, 2009 by eZee.se
Internet bill - 350kr (Give or take 100kr)

VPN from Relaxx or flashback.name or dold.se or mullvad.se or IPREDator (not yet active) or swissVPN etc - 50kr

setup time 2 minutes (for the slowpokes, usually much less)

You do the math.

(I'm right now behind a VPN, as I switch on the computer i double click the VPN and click on connect... then do whatever i want on the comp the whole day.)
14:40 May 15, 2009 by Cockroach
How does one know what is legal and what isn't?

Instead of investing in technology to prevent piracy (which would create jobs) they are criminalizing it at the tax payer's expense.

Technology is walking backwards thanks to a bunch of stupid politicians!
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