Swedish Police Say Anti-Piracy Law Has Harmed Ability To Catch Criminals
from the consequences dept
We’ve pointed out many times in the past the “unintended” consequences of certain activities, and it looks like the entertainment industry’s worldwide effort to push for more and more industry-favorable copyright laws is causing serious problems elsewhere. Apparently, Anders Ahlqvist, who runs the Swedish IT crime unit is noting that the response to the IPRED law in Sweden (pushed by the entertainment industry to crack down on unauthorized file sharing) means that it’s now more difficult for him to do his job. Part of the issue, of course, is that various ISPs responded to the law by seeking to protect their users’ privacy by deleting log files. Of course, that probably means it’s only a matter of time before the industry pushes for new data retention laws, despite evidence that more data retention can actually make life trickier for law enforcement as well. Still, at some point people need to recognize that the entertainment industry’s single-minded focus on “stomping out file sharing” rather than adding value through new business models has some serious costs elsewhere.