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Comment: Legal system hijacked by media industry (Score 4, Informative) 234

by digithed (#34351720) Attached to: Pirate Bay Trio Lose Appeal
It's pretty plain to see that the Swedish legal system has been hijacked by the media industry.

Typical fines dished out recently by the courts in Sweden...
Murder: 75000kr (£6825)
Rape of a 14 year old girl: 50000kr (£4550)
Pirate Bay fine for aiding Copyright infringment: 46000000kr (£4.1 million)

I'm not saying that they haven't done anything wrong (although if they have done something wrong then it's hard to understand why Google haven't been indicted as their index contains many, many more links to torrent files than the Pirate Bay's does), but lets get this in perspective. The fine is outrageous and has absolutely no basis in reality. Another thing to mention is that this is not the end of the road. The Pirate Bays guys have already said they will appeal this ruling. There is one higher court in Sweden to appeal to and they have already said they will appeal to the European Court in Brussels if necessary.

+ - Telia launches 4G network in Stockholm/Oslo-> 1

Submitted by digithed
digithed (445564) writes "Earlier than expected Telia have today opened the World's first commercial 4G network in Stockholm (with infrastructure provided by Ericsson) and in Oslo (with infrastructure provided by Huawei).
The link is a Google translation of a Swedish article at www.mobil.se. Ignore the references to Vodafone in the translation this is definitely Telia and nothing at all to do with Vodafone. For some reason Google translate Telia to Vodafone in their Swedish to English translation...I wonder how much Vodafone paid for that :-)"

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The Courts

+ - Problems Collecting Pirate Bay Funds To Pay Fine

Submitted by digithed
digithed (445564) writes "The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper in Sweden has an article (which I have summarised since I speak Swedish) reporting that the Swedish national debt collection agency (Kronofogdemyndigheten, or the Bailiffs in UK English) are saying that, after initial investigations, the record labels' chances of getting any of the 30 million kronor ($4 million) they were awarded in the Pirate Bay trial is slim to none. Three of the accused (Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg) have virtually no funds whatsoever. Peter Sunde has shares in his own publicly traded company which in theory could be confiscated, but the company is doing so badly at the moment that the chances of raising any funds this way is small. The fourth accused (Carl Lundström) is the only one of the four with any substantial funds (mostly due to his family inheritance of the Wasa bread empire). But, it turns out that, he is actually registered for tax purposes in Switzerland where his bank account is also located. This means these funds are off-limits to the Swedish debt collection agency. He does own property in Sweden but this is only worth approximately 1.7 million kronor ($230,000) according to the Swedish tax agency (Skatteverket or Inland Revenue) with whom Lundström is still involved in a long term disagreement on exactly how much wealth tax he is required to pay. It is also suspected that the property that he owns in Sweden has an outstanding mortgage financed outside of Sweden, making it even more difficult to confiscate the property which is effectively owned by a foreign financial institution."
Privacy

+ - IPRED law in Sweden - Watching the watchers

Submitted by digithed
digithed (445564) writes "In response to Sweden's recent introduction of new laws implementating the European IPRED directive a new Swedish website has been launched allowing users to check if their IP address is currently under investigation. The site also allows users to subscribe for email updates telling them if their IP address comes under investigation in the future, or to report IP addresses known to be under investigation. The site can be found at: http://ipred.bitchware.se/

This is an interesting use of people power "watching the watchers". The new Swedish laws implementing the IPRED directive require a public request to the courts in order to get ISPs to forcibly disclose potentially sensitive private information, and since all court records are public in Sweden (as are all government records) it will be easy to compile a list of IP addresses which are currently being investigated."
The Internet

The Wackiest Technology Tales of 2008 97

Posted by timothy
from the hindsight-is-much-better-than-20/20 dept.
coondoggie writes "Despite the daily drumbeat of new and improved hardware or software, the tech industry isn't all bits and bytes. Some interesting things happen along the way too. Like floating data centers, space geekonauts, shape shifting robots and weird bedfellows (like Microsoft and Jerry Seinfeld). What we include here is an example of what we thought were the best, slightly off-center stories of 2008."

Comment: Why is it allowed to publish the names of accused? (Score 1) 219

by digithed (#24736491) Attached to: NZ Judge Bans Online Publishing of Accuseds' Names

I've never understood why it is allowed to publish the names of the accused in the first place, until it is established if they are guilty or innocent.

In the U.K. (my homeland) as in many countries in the world the press are allowed to report the names of those accused but not charged with a crime. In Sweden (the country where am I living right now) this is not allowed, which means that when the press report on high profile cases going through the courts they generally make up their own "nicknames" for the accused. Right now they are reporting on the "Arboga Murderer" and a couple of years ago in a famous case here in Sweden involving a murder by members of a religious sect there was a female accused that the press called "The Bride of Christ". The press are only allowed to publish the names if the accused are found guilty, otherwise they slip back into the anonimity they had before the whole court case started.

I think this is a better system but obviously there are differing views.

I'm interested to know, why do you think it's important for the press to be allowed to publish the names of people accused of crimes before they have been found innocent or guilty?

Movies

+ - Swedish Supreme Court: ad-breaks violate copyright->

Submitted by digithed
digithed (445564) writes "Two film directors in Sweden have successfully sued a TV station for copyright infringement for broadcasting commercials during their films. The court's ruling affirmed that commercials interrupt a viewer's film viewing and that commercial interests don't outweigh the copyright holder's right to decide how his work is reproduced."
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