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Unmask Swetorrents file-sharers or face fine, ISP told

Ian Grant

A Swedish court has ruled that an internet service provider must either release the names and addresses of suspected illegal file-sharers or face a €72,000 fine.

Teliasonera will have to pay up SEK750,000 or give out the names and addresses of the founders of file-sharing torrent site Swetorrents, a TechCrunch report said.

The verdict followed the passing of the so-called IPRED law in April this year. This says ISPs must give out contact details of file-sharers to copyright holders if they ask for them.

Swedish internet traffic dropped by one-third after the law was passed, TechCrunch said.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Court of Appeal has agreed to hear the appeal of the founders of the Pirate Bay, the world's largest torrent tracker, against a fine imposed by a lower court. The founders, Fredrik Neij and Gottfried Svartholm Warg, claim they didn't make any money running the torrent site.


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