by Mike Masnick
Tue, Apr 14th 2009 5:49pm
A few folks have sent in the news that since the implementation of a new antipiracy law in Sweden, legal music downloads are way up... and we already noted that it appears (loosely) that unauthorized file sharing has dropped. This, of course, has supporters of stricter laws insisting that this is "working." However, that seems unlikely. As we've seen, there's been massive demand for encryption technologies. It's no surprise that music sales would increase immediately following the shift, as many users wouldn't have any other source for music in the short term. But, given a chance to route around the new law, it seems likely that many people will do so. At the same time, now would be an excellent time for smart musicians and labels to play up the fact that their music is available to be freely shared, because you can imagine such a move would get a lot more attention than at other times.
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