Internet protection for Swedish film and music creators remains substandard

The decision handed down today by the Stockholm District Court did not order Bredbandsbolaget to block illegal sites The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer from reaching Swedish internet users. The plaintiffs in the case are a group of Swedish film, TV and music industry figures.

”The Court ruled on legislation aimed specifically at allowing rights holders to work with internet service providers to stop illegal services from reaching Swedish internet users. Similar legislation is already in force in the other Nordic countries and in much of Europe. We will be filing an appeal,” said Henrik Bengtsson, legal counsel for the Swedish film, TV and music industry figures who are plaintiffs in the case.

Sweden is particularly hard hit by services that illegally distribute copyright-protected material. A study by analysis firm Mediavision found that 32 per cent of Swedes use illegal services to watch films and TV programmes, as compared with 8 and 19 per cent in neighbouring Nordic countries.

”The winners from the Court’s decision are foreign-based illegal services that have enormous advertising revenues. The losers are the thousands of Swedish men and women who are deprived of the opportunity to be paid for their work. The decision is clear evidence of the failure of the Swedish judicial system, which already lags behind other countries. Swedish film and music creators deserve better,” said Per Strömbäck, digital business expert at the Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee.

The initiators of the lawsuit are the Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee, IFPI Sweden and the Swedish Video Distributors’ Association. The Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee represents producers, distributors, cinema owners and television channels SVT, the TV4 Group, MTG TV, SBS Discovery and C More.

For additional information, please contact:
Per Strömbäck, digital business expert, Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee per.stromback@ftvs.se +46 70 843 6214

Henrik Bengtsson, legal counsel henrik.bengtsson@delphi.se, +46 70 925 2516

About the Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee
The Swedish Film and Television Cooperation Committee represents members of the film industry covered by the Film Agreement. In addition to the Swedish State, parties to the agreement are the Association of Cinema Owners, the People’s Houses and Parks Organisation, the National Our Farms Association, the Swedish Film Distributors’ Association, the Swedish Film & TV Producers’ Association and the Network of Regional Film Production Centres, as well as the Swedish Television Company, TV4, MTG, SBS TV and C More Entertainment. The Film Agreement is a contract between the State and the Swedish film and TV industry designed to support Swedish films and aimed at developing Sweden into a leading European film country.

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