Copyright Trolling in Sweden Grows Massively Putting US Efforts in the Shade
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Copyright Trolling in Sweden Grows Massively Putting US Efforts in the Shade

A study carried out by Swedish ISP Bahnhof has revealed that copyright trolls targeted more than 10 times as many IP addresses in Sweden during 2018 than they did in the whole of the United States during the same period. Customers of local ISP Telia are most at risk by a huge margin. With millions of Internet users sharing copyrighted content every day, some entertainment companies have embarked on campaigns to shakedown alleged infringers with settlement demands. The process is broadly the same wherever it takes place in the world, with anti-piracy outfits sitting in BitTorrent swarms and logging the IP addresses of connections alleged to have downloaded and/or shared content without permission. This evidence is then presented to local courts which invariably order ISPs to hand over the personal details of alleged infringers. Despite The Pirate Bay being founded in Sweden where it amassed millions of followers, the country was not an early target for so-called copyright trolls. However, emboldened companies now see the Scandinavian country as a place to hit hard. ISP Bahnhof is the world’s most outspoken service providers when it comes criticism of copyright trolls and a new report by the company reveals that Sweden […]

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