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Sweden Bans Downloads July 2, 2005 – 4:55 p.m. – Permalink

About 10% of Swedes freely swap music, games and films on their computers, one of the highest rates in the world.


In a large effort to rid the country of piracy, Sweden has banned the downloading of all copyrighted material from the Internet, meaning movies, music, and games.

Sweden is home to a large population of Internet pirates and experts doubt the law will modify what the pirates do — downloading and file sharing likely will still be rampant in Sweden.

It is estimated that about 900,000 Swedes download films, songs, and games frequently. Read the BBC World News article.