CONTINUEThis site uses cookies. By continuing to browse this site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more.
  1. Front Page
  2. News By Topic
  3. IFPI Welcomes Swedish P2P Verdict

IFPI Welcomes Swedish P2P Verdict

by Ulrika Lomas, for, Brussels

23 October 2006

It emerged last week that a court in Sweden has imposed the first fine on an individual for illegal music uploading, in a landmark case.

The International Federation for the Phonographic Industry announced on Thursday that it had reported 30 individuals to the police for making available large quantities of music to the general public through file-sharing via the internet without the consent of the rights owners.

In response to the first of IFPI's reports, the prosecutor decided to prosecute one person for making available four music files. The case was heard before Borås District Court on October 4, and the verdict was handed down last week. An income-based fine of SEK 20,000 (EUR2,161) was imposed.

In its verdict, the District Court wrote that the accused "shall now be sentenced for, on one occasion, having made four sound recordings available to the general public via the internet. This did not involve a commercial operation. He is sentenced to a substantial fine".

"This is a victory for copyright and we are naturally pleased that there was a conviction. Copyright is the foundation on which the whole music industry is based. For the industry to continue to grow and for consumers to have access to a wider range of music services, such as via the internet or their mobile phones, clear and effective copyright protection is essential," announced Ludvig Werner, Chairman of IFPI Sweden.

IFPI has stated its intention to continue to report private individuals who commit offences against copyright via the internet and file-sharing.

To see today's news, click here.


Tax-News Reviews

Cyprus Review

A review and forecast of Cyprus's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Cyprus Review »

Malta Review

A review and forecast of Malta's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Malta Review »

Jersey Review

A review and forecast of Jersey's international business, legal and investment climate.

Visit Jersey Review »

Budget Review

A review of the latest budget news and government financial statements from around the world.

Visit Budget Review »

Stay Updated

Please enter your email address to join the mailing list. View previous newsletters.

By subscribing to our newsletter service, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.

To manage your mailing list preferences, please click here »