Survey: Swedes dislike law against file sharing

A survey shows a new law which will make it easier for copyright holders to go after file sharers, has little support among Swedes

A new law that will make it easier for copyright holders to go after file sharers has little support among Swedes, according to a survey by market research company Sifo.

The law is based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED). It was passed on February 25 and will go into effect on April 1. It will make it possible for copyright holders to get a court order requesting ISPs to provide IP addresses linked to computers and users which have downloaded their content. The copyright holders can then use the information in a civil suit.

48 percent of Swedes are against the upcoming law, compared to 32 percent in favor, writes Swedish news paper Svenska Dagbladet, which commissioned the report.

There is also a clear correlation between age, gender and opposition; 74 percent of men aged 15 to 29 are against the law. The least negative are people over the age of 65; in this group 27 percent are against the law.

There is a grass roots movement against the law, especially on the Web. For example, the Facebook group Stoppa IPRED (Stop IPRED) had over 81 000 members by the time of the vote, according to its founders.

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