Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sweden's internet piracy rate recovers

Last spring, when Sweden enacted legislation to allow copyright businesses to demand personal details of file sharers, the music and film companies trilled excitedly to see the level of web traffic in the country drop by a third. This, apparently, was a sign that pirates had been frightened off and everything would be alright.

Turns out it was a temporary effect, as traffic has returned to pre-Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive levels. All that lobbying, all that money spent, and the end result was a few months of reduced internet traffic. If they weren't so insufferable, you could almost feel sorry for the RIAA companies, couldn't you?

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