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Swedish report calling for ISP action on piracy welcomed by IFPI

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 06 Sep 2007 11:24 User comments (2)

Swedish report calling for ISP action on piracy welcomed by IFPI The International recording industry has welcomed a Swedish report calling for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to take more of an active role in the fight against rampant Internet piracy. Swedish Justice Department investigator Cecilia Renfors presented the report at the request of Sweden's Justice Minister. It proposes that ISPs be forced by law to terminate the contracts of users that repeatedly infringe copyright.
Of course, the obligation would be enforced through the courts by rights holders. "It is proposed that the law be amended so that Internet Service Providers can be ordered, under penalty of a fine, to take action such as terminating the contract of a subscriber to prevent continued infringement using the Internet Service Provider's services" a Swedish Ministry of Justice press release states.

Sweden, which is home to the Pirate Bay, reportedly has a very large number of file sharers. Sweden's Justice Minister is keen to improve the country's intellectual property laws and promote the development of consumer-friendly legal services for access to music and film online.

"This is a clear call for ISPs to take more responsibility in curbing copyright infringement on their networks, and it comes from a country that is on the very front line in the fight to protect music and films from internet piracy. We wholeheartedly endorse the recommendation and hope it will be taken very seriously in Sweden and further afield," John Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of IFPI, said.

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2 user comments

19.9.2007 16:57

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terminate the contracts of users that repeatedly infringe copyright.
Man, I would love to see their income sheets after a move like this goes through. All of those reports that say illegal BitTorrent traffic consumer 80% of Internet bandwidth....

210.9.2007 19:21

this is becommin common practice all around the world.

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