29 August 2003

Tomas Rudenstam

The Swedish Government recently proposed a change to the Swedish Copyright legislation. The proposal includes a requirement that the copyright owner's permission must always be obtained before copyright protected material such as music, film, photos or texts are made available on the Internet. Copying through peer-to-peer programs such as Kazaa will become prohibited under the proposal. File-sharing programs as well as programs which make it possible to avoid the copy-protection on DVDs and CDs will also be prohibited. The legislative proposal aims to implement EC Directive 2001/29/EC and the change is intended to come into force in January 2004. Breaching the law may result in fines or if in organised form, imprisonment of up to 2 years.