First Norwegian conviction for file swapping

July 2005

Record Labels

The Oslo municipal court has sentenced a 36-year-old man for running an illegal file sharing service on the Internet, the first conviction of its type in Norway. The court ruled that the man had willingly and knowingly made a significant number of film and music files available to at least 300 people at a time and had violated copyright law. The Sandefjord man placed material on his employer’s (telecom company NetCom’s) server to facilitate transfer. A police raid revealed more than 60,000 pirated film and music files. It is expected that the Norwegian recording industry will now bring a civil action for damages.


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