Sweden Considering Law To Allow Police To Go After File Sharers
from the moving-in-the-wrong-direction dept
But there is also the other side. And they still appear to be in power. Apparently, Sweden's Justice Minister is reviewing a report that will recommend giving police the ability to go after file sharers. This still makes little sense to me. Copyright should be, for the most part, a civil issue. It usually makes little to no sense to ever get police or law enforcement involved -- especially when we're seeing plenty of folks in the recording industry -- such as Martin and other Swedish indie labels -- not only learn to live with things like file sharing, but to embrace it and actively encourage it. Of course, I have to admit that, while highly amusing, the Swedish Pirate Party's response to such a plan is a bit over the top:
"These laws are written by digital illiterates who behave like blindfolded, drunken elephants trumpeting about in an egg packaging facility. They have no idea how much damage they're causing, because they lack today's literacy: an understanding of how the Internet is reshaping the power structures at their core."Of course, when you combine plans to have law enforcement go after file sharers with recently approved legislation to effectively tap all forms of communication in the country, things get pretty worrisome pretty fast.