Posted by: euromediablog | October 14, 2009

Three Million Swedes Share Files Illegaly

In a country with a population of less than 10 million such figures are regarded as more than disturbing. This is the conclusion of the latest survey of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), in which Swedish citizens were only asked about their file sharing habits regarding music. Other sensible areas like movies, books, computer games and ebook have been completely left out- their inclusion could make the number of illegal file-sharers in the Scandinavian country even larger.

Compared to  previous studies on that subject the IFPI’s figures are to be regarded as a bitter surprise, with the percent of illegal file sharing never been estimated so high. Of course, it should be noted that the study was conducted via Internet and not via telephone lines,  concentrating primarily on the digital natives in the country. But even so, the fact than more than a third of the internet users in a country shares and downloads copyrighted material without paying, makes the definition of this practice as illegal very  problematic.

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