Stockholm, Sweden - The conviction of the operators of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, paired with a newly enacted law aimed at prosecuting suspected illegal file-swappers has pushed the level of file-sharing down by 40 to 50% in Sweden, the local Dagens Nyheter reported.
A 30% drop-off in file-sharing activity was reported by Internet monitoring firm Netnod on the day that the new law, which will compel ISPs to turn over the identities of suspected file-swappers to copyright holders, took effect.
Nearly four months later, peer-to-peer traffic remains at the lower level reported when the law was enacted.
International record label trade group IFPI also reported that record sales in Sweden are up 14% in the first half of 2009, adding that Internet sales are up 57%.
"The law clearly signals that it’s not okay to download illegally that has resulted in several good services on the internet and that new players get a chance to compete on the legal market" IFPI spokeswoman Lisa Cronstedt told Dagens Nyheter.
(The Swedish Wire)
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