Swedish file sharer’s fine upheld

July 2007

Record labels, internet

The Court of Appeal in Sweden has upheld a 20,000 kroner fine imposed on a 45-year-old man from Borås by his local District Court for illegally distributing music on the internet. The Court of Appeal upheld the fine imposed on the man for uploading four copyright-infringing tracks using the DirectConnect file-sharing network. The sentence related to only four songs and the fine imposed of SEK 20,000 (US$2,831) means that it cost the perpetrator SEK 5,000 (US$708) per song. In addition, the injured party has the opportunity to seek damages.


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