First Swede charged in FTP file sharing case
Published: 19 Jul 12 11:08 CET
A 31-year-old man was formally charged on Wednesday for uploading 25 films onto the internet using File Transfer Protocol, making him the first person charged in Sweden for using FTP to share copyrighted works.
The man, working as part of a file sharing network, uploaded the films from his home in Gävle, eastern Sweden using FTP – meaning that files were transferred directly from one host to another.
“It’s the first prosecution for this technique under the new legislation. But there will be more,” said Fredrik Ingblad, a prosecutor specializing in file sharingcrimes, to the TT news agency.
Ingblad describes the FTP file sharing network as “elite file sharers” – the inner circle of people who make files available to the larger public.
According to the charges, the 31-year-old man had a server at his home that was linked to others in the network and which was used to distribute the 25 films to other users.
According to the indictment, the man is suspected of violating copyright laws and assisted in the violation of copyright laws.
In previous cases of a similar nature in Sweden, suspected file sharers have been charged mostly for sharing material via the use of BitTorrent, a technique which allows users to upload and download at the same time, in small bits from many different users.
FTP, by contrast, allows host-to-host sharing.
Even though authorities are cracking down on file sharing, investigations show that many people in Sweden continue to share copyrighted material online.
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