Sweden updates copyright laws to prohibit illegal downloading

July 2005

Record Labels, software, Internet

Sweden has made it illegal to download copyright material from the Internet and approved measures to discourage people from burning copies of CDs and DVDs. The law, which takes effect July 1, also bans technology and software used to circumvent protections on copyright material, including music, movies and games mirroring similar legislation in the USA. Previously whilst it was prohibited in Sweden to make copyright material available for others to download, downloading itself was legal. The new law also makes it illegal to copy an entire book, including text books, on a copying machine. Sweden does not forbid making a copy of a CD or DVD for personal use but there is a 24% tax on recordable CD and DVD-discs.

See: http://www.qlinks.net/quicklinks/copyrigh.htm andhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/06/06/swedish_file_sharers/

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