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Illegal Downloading-do they punish everyone ?

is it so strict ?

post 3.Sep.2010, 11:58 PM
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Generally downloading files via Internet is illegal. However, there is Pirate Bay and Swedes liked it, now it seems they don't like Pirate Bay anymore. The question is- Is downloading (torrent, rapidshare) in Sweden illegal? Next question- do they punish every average user who downloaded e.g. movie, music album ? There are lot of downloaders so it would be wierd if they sue everyone. I don't know how it's in Sweden but in most countries it seems that a lot of ppl download files but noone got punished, just very rare exceptions.
Thanks for all the answers in advance smile.gif
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Dr Love
post 4.Sep.2010, 12:20 AM
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Joined: 31.Aug.2010

Some body has paid for that movie or softwares and we should not use that for free. to Answer your question as long as you hit and run then you are fine. If you download and keep sharing it via torrents then they might take interest on you. But look always for free (open source) version of softwares and program. Musics go to youtube. Films I cant advise, almost all of them make computerized which sucks.
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post 4.Sep.2010, 07:48 AM
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Joined: 17.Jan.2008

So far, noone using the torrent-technology has been convicted. The convictions they have are from older types of filesharing.
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Tall swede
post 4.Sep.2010, 08:15 AM
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Joined: 10.Jan.2010

It is illegal to download music, movies and software. The hard part is to prove who is guilty. Suing is not that popular in Sweden, and since rape victims get like 50.000 sek in compensation it is really hard for prosecutors to demand ten times that amount for someone who downloaded movies... Sweden dont really like that companies hunt down downloaders so they cant really do that without the police (who is busy with other crimes and do not prioritize illegal downloads)

All this makes music companies and other go for larger distributors instead of a single person that requires a lot of work, money and proof to convict (and then only pay a fine that is small since it is ridiculous to pay millions for a song, but 80.000 for a rape/murder)
That is why companies go after pirate bay that is one of the largest distributors in the world.
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Rick Methven
post 4.Sep.2010, 08:29 AM
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Location: Linköping
Joined: 30.Nov.2005

Record fines for file-sharing mother
19 June 2009 - United States
The retrial of Minnesota mother of four Jammie Thomas-Rasset, accused of illegally downloading 24 songs, has ended in a guilty verdict and record fines amounting to $1.92 million, equivalent to $80,000 per song.

The first trial in 2007 ended with Thomas-Rasset receiving a fine of $220,000, but a retrial was called after the judge said he had erred in giving instructions to the jury.

The judge ruled that downloading copyrighted material or distributing them to other users without a licence from the owners constituted copyright violations.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) offered to settle the case for between $3,000 and $5,000 per song. The jury could have awarded fines of up to $150,000 per song.

The RIAA originally accused Thomas-Rasset of uploading more than 1,700 songs to the now-defunct file-sharing service Kazaa in February 2005, but brought the case based on 24 of these for the sake of simplicity.

The songs were offered on Kazaa by a subscriber called tereastarr, an online alias used widely by Thomas-Rasset. The RIAA traced the files offered by tereastarr to Thomas-Rasset's PC where they found a shared sector of the drive containing the copyrighted material.

Although it was undisputed that Thomas-Rasset's PC was connected to Kazaa, it cannot be proved that songs which she offered were downloaded from there, because Kazaa did not keep such records. Rather the prosecution argued that songs must have been downloaded because that is what Kazaa exists for.

It is unlikely that many more new cases of infringement by file-sharing will find their way into court. The RIAA has recently switched tactics from legal action against file-sharers to working with ISPs to reduce their internet connection bandwidth.

Similar measures were recommended by UK communications minister Lord Carter in the Digital Britain report published earlier this week.
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post 4.Sep.2010, 08:30 AM
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Location: Europe
Joined: 28.Oct.2008

I have always wondered why they put the emphasis on downloading and not uploading?
As technically any file could be copyrighted without the end user being made aware of this before the press such a hyper link.

As while there is allot of commercial material that is not meant to be distributed, there is lots of commercial material that is.
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post 4.Sep.2010, 11:09 AM
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Joined: 22.Mar.2008

It is uploading they put the emphasis on actually when it comes to attacking people for it. Saying downloading though sounds scarier and makes more people frightened of doing it.

As said just don't upload. Set the torrent to minimum uploading and stop it as soon as you've downloaded.
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post 4.Sep.2010, 04:16 PM
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Joined: 16.Jul.2007

It is possible for you to download without being caught if your ISP is one associated with a
they don't store your internet activity would definitely be behind bars if you try anything thatz illegal
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"green Swede"
post 4.Sep.2010, 05:34 PM
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Location: Västra Götaland
Joined: 18.Jan.2007

why has no one mentioned VPN's????
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