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Man charged with copyright violation for Web TV hockey links

TT/The Local · 23 Jun 2009, 13:43

Published: 23 Jun 2009 13:43 GMT+02:00

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The fact that viewers could access the matches via the 31-year-old's website without paying for them was later discovered by Canal +, the television channel that owns the right to broadcast the games, reports local newspaper Söderhamns-Kuriren.

He is accused of posting links on a number of occasions in 2007 to hockey matches available online for Canal + subscribers.

The man admits that he published the links but doesn't think he has broken the law since he neither downloaded nor shared any files.

It is now up to the Hudiksvall district court to determine if the man is guilty of criminal activity.

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TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:45 June 23, 2009 by Somebody17
Unbelievable!!!! They don't know how to make more money and restrict other possibilities than their channels. Even though they are doing a lot of money nowadays.

Soon we will have debates upon if the internet is a free space or different organizations will start charge anyone who they think has broken their laws!
17:52 June 23, 2009 by sodafox
How can you be held guilty for merely posting links to sites on the internet ???

Same old PB problem here... sounds like canal+ was waiting for a verdict before proceeding.

Better be careful on here folks posting those links to free BBC online... I'm near certain those would be considered copyright infringement also.

Something for 'The local' ED's to think about.
19:34 June 23, 2009 by Nemesis
This is crazy. What next arrest journalists for reporting the news.

Posting a link is not illegal as you are not the person hosting the content.

The person should challenge this right to the European court where he will win a lot of compensation.
19:49 June 23, 2009 by Harding00
Do they mean links, as in a link to another website, or do they mean links as in he showed the video on his website?
22:53 June 23, 2009 by Random Guy
...silly Swed's. Don't you understand that us here in the USA and all our minions in the rest of the world will take what we want, when we want, and you had better like it or else!

We make the laws, we run you life and that is the way it is!

The sooner you stop crying and pay up the better it will be for us (and you so we can move on to the next putz!)

09:09 June 24, 2009 by hilt_m
Swedens stupid internet laws strike again, what a load of BS. Time for the Pirate party to step up and end this crap.
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