Swedish Teen Draws Legal Hounds for File Sharing

Paul Lilly

In some ways, life was easier as a teen before ubiquitous broadband Internet connections made file sharing an all too accessible past time. Just ask one 15-year-old from Sweden who now faces prosecution for sharing movies online. According to translated text from Swedish website GP.se , the kid from Gothenburg is accused of making available over 30 copyrighted movies via computer, and his fate now lies in the hands of a public defender.

The 15-year-old was tracked by "international movie companies" now represented by the Swedish anti-piracy agency, which TorrentFreak suspects is code for the Movie Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratting the kid out to Swedish authorities. It's not clear whether the teen will face the same punishments that a legal adult would, but according to GP.se, other similar cases have resulted in fines and up to 2 years imprisonment.

In this case, it's likely the kid will receive a fine and/or some kind of settlement offer, though this could end up more than just a slap on the wrist. Here in the States, in 2010 a Texas judge ordered a former teenage cheerleader to pay $27,750 for sharing 37 songs ($750 per track) when she was in high school.

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