Swedish Group Calling for a Change in the Law to Expose BitTorrent PiratesAdded: Monday, March 8th, 2010
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Swedish police, after facing with difficulties in targeting those who share music and movies via BitTorrents, in recent months turned their attention to file-sharers using more exposed system.
According to stats, in the last eighteen months from 70 to 80 file-sharers have been reported to the police. Only 35 to 40 cases from those were ruled worth pursuing. From ten of thus far arrested individuals only three have admitted to offenses and therefore agreed to pay penalties. 15 cases are still under investigated. That’s no need to say that it doesn’t look like good progress for the money and time invested. By the way, none of those file-sharers were users of BitTorrent.
An anti-piracy group starts calling for some changes in the law after revealing stats that show how problematic such prosecutions have now become.
Last month investigations by IFPI, a music industry group, led to raids conducted by the Swedish police against file-sharers. All those who were arrested, used Direct Connect.
While there are millions of users using BitTorrent and just a relative handful of those using Direct Connect, you may wonder why the last smaller group has brought so much of police attention to itself. There’s a simple answer – it’s much more difficult to gather evidence against users of BitTorrent as compared to those using Direct Connect.
uTorrent creator explained recently that it’s possible to download the file and reveal the list of people having it, but not possible to get a list of all the files they downloaded, so it’s difficult to attack a certain person.
BitTorrent, as opposed to DC, is not just single network, as every swarm is a separate and new network and the monitoring them all is too complicated. To keep track on all those torrents there’s a huge apparatus needed, so it’s too hard to manage and get the evidence to the District Court.
So now investigators are looking for new ways of tracking and logging the evidence against BitTorrent users, Antipiratbyran (anti-piracy group) hopes the legislation will help their fight. Their lawyer hopes changes to the law will make it able to start sending warnings of copyright infringement directly to users they suspect of illegal sharing.
Currently the biggest problem in Sweden is that it’s very difficult to reveal the real identity of a person behind an IP address with no police assistance. That’s why Antipiratbyran hopes they can cooperate with Internet Service Providers in order to send infringement warnings directly to file-sharers on their behalf.
March 8th, 2010Posted by:
Monday, March 8th, 2010
|posted by (2010-03-09 01:03:56)|
|very well |
|well said well written sam... Cheers :))|
|posted by (2010-03-09 06:29:22)|
|loool like ppl i know who help raid TPB say come one we all download :D but if use Direct Connect your begging thye get you Antipiratbyran are already talking with almost every one baout this|
|Good post Sam.|
|nice post SaM,thanks|
|so this group sends threat letters to people they SUSPECT; no PROOF of supposed copyright violations. Hmmm you all know where they can stick that as well as they getting sue by some one for malicious persecution. Maybe some one or a group that gets these letters needs to sue them in return.|
The is like the police arresting me because they think I robbed a store with no proof....
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