Los Angeles – A day after the country enacted a new anti-piracy law, Internet traffic fell as much as 30% in Sweden, home to the file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, according to published reports. The IPRED law will enable copyright holders to ask courts to compel ISPs to identify suspected illicit file-swappers. Netnod, a firm that monitors Internet traffic in Sweden, reported the 30% drop in overall Web traffic in the country.
"The majority of all Internet traffic is file-sharing. Because of that, there’s no other explanation for the decrease in traffic than the IPRED law," Henrik Ponten, from Swedish anti-piracy organization Antipiratbyran, told TorrentFreak.
However, TorrentFreak noted that, in the past 24 hours, over 384,000 Swedes — close to 5% of the total population — were connected to The Pirate Bay, which does not represent a significant decline.