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Arrest prompts Swedish filesharing site to close

The Local/dl · 2 Mar 2011, 09:34

Published: 02 Mar 2011 09:34 GMT+01:00

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On Tuesday, Swedish prosecutors issued a statement announcing the arrest of a "centrally placed person" in one of the most important filesharing networks in Sweden.

The 25-year-old man, who was active in a BitTorrent network with about 35,000 members, was arrested in a raid carried out last week, according to the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten).

The network is said to have focused on distributing newly released films and was included in a wider filesharing network known as "The Scene" (Scenen), an underground community of people that specialise in the illegal distribution of pirated material via the internet.

During a two-week period last autumn, the man uploaded more than 1,000 films to the network, prosecutors said.

Following his arrest, the man confessed to uploading copyrighted material. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.

The day preceding the prosecutors' announcement, popular Swedish filesharing site Swebits posted a message on its homepage announcing the site was closing down.

"As we all know everything has a beginning and an end. This is the end of Swebits. During the last day there has been a lot of speculation, some with hope and some with less hope," read the note posted on the Swebits homepage.

Swedbits, which was founded in 2004, had been one of Sweden's largest and longest-running BitTorrent tracker communities and specialised in sharing films and music with ties to Sweden.

While the Swebits announcement cited a lack of funding and technical problems as the cause of the shutdown, Henrik Pontén of Sweden's Anti-Piracy Bureau (Antipiratbyrån) told the Expressen newspaper there was "absolutely a connection" between the man's arrest and the closing of Swedbits.

"They became so despondent over this that they closed the operation down," he told the newspaper, adding that the man's arrest disproves the myth that BitTorrent users are impossible to trace.

According to Pontén, the arrest of the man is a major advance in Sweden's fight against illegal internet piracy.

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"As far as we know, this is the first police action against an individual BitTorrent-user," he said in a statement.

"We're going to pursue several similar cases in the future and demand compensation of those who are convicted in court."

The man was originally reported by the Anti-Piracy Bureau, which provided prosecutors with the man's IP-address, according to Expressen.

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Your comments about this article

10:02 March 2, 2011 by HeilNizar
They keep arresting uploaders, but keep their sites running, like TPB, how come?
10:32 March 2, 2011 by NoVaseline
you can fight and shut down and win in this war in SWEDEN only. However, i should also mention that you've no power if you think about fighting globally. It's not because you cannot close servers in Ukrain, but it's a totally different mind setting. Read a book named FREE by Christ Anderson. It shades light on this matter from different angle.
11:02 March 2, 2011 by HeilNizar
NoVaseline, hehe, I couldn't find that book on any e-book warez site, link me
16:36 March 2, 2011 by SarahPalin
"you can fight and shut down and win in this war in SWEDEN only. "

No, you can fight and shut down sites in Sweden,,, but you cannot win even in "just Sweden" because the biggest torrent site is out there and everyone knows it:Google.


[Audio-Album-name] .torrent

(replacing Audio-Album-name with the name of the album of course) or

[move name] .torrent

into Google's search box and press enter and see how many results you get.

Technology will not stop progressing because of stupid laws that were dreamed up by corrupt and people who lack morals. Not in the internet age and not when it concerns the internet.
19:31 March 2, 2011 by SarahPalin
I meant movie in "[move name] .torrent " above of course.

"why would a Swede download locally when there are so many available internationally? "

No real reason but it looks good in a press release when the anti-piracy scum want to strut around a bit. The internet is global, and not limited to one tiny or one large country.

The pirate bay shows up exactly the same if you access it from India, America or Sweden... as does Demoniod, ISOhunt etc

Shutting down one torrent site in one country is like cutting down a tree in the middle of the Amazon, it will be missed about as much and just a matter of time before that void is filled again.
21:37 March 2, 2011 by NoVaseline
@ Heilnizer.

The book is here to download free: http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/17-07/mf_freer

The book's paper version costs money but audio version is given away for free. So there's no worry! This book is worth to read!
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