Visa fullständig version : the real danger?

2007-01-27, 12:41

i was just wondering if there is some real danger concerned with using pirates in Sweden. For instance, in UK the ting is illegal as well but if u r not making profits of the things, and basically use stuff only for ur personal use u don't have to be afraid. Chances that police will knock at ur doors are 0. How is it in Sweden? Does using MS software and other things just for your personal use is burden with some danger, in simple words u know some ppl who were busted for that?

2007-01-27, 21:33
Statistically, the risk of getting in trouble merely for unlawful downloading or unauthorized use of commercial software is incredibly low; I'd say it's practically zero. There have been a few publicized file-sharing cases going to court primarily to test the law, but they have so far involved unauthorized distribution of protected works, not just downloading. With an estimated one million Internet users of P2P software, and a mere handful of legal cases, nobody can say the risk of getting caught is high, objectively speaking.

That said, the real risk is not in getting caught because of these minor infringements, but in being charged with them as a means of having you nailed for something else, which may not even be illegal by itself. Like, if you criticize the president, you are likely to be investigated and prosecuted for tax fraud? If you look hard enough, anybody can be found guilty of some crime, regardless how insignificant or irrelevant.

Back in the 1990's, a Swedish translation of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf was reprinted by publisher Kalle Hägglund (http://www.hagglundsforlag.se/) as a history lesson to modern readers (the book had effectively become unavailable in public libraries). German authorities were not amused, and sued Hägglund in a Swedish court of law - for copyright infringement, claiming they held the exclusive "rights" to the works of their despised dictator. They lost all their claims to those rights in the Swedish Supreme Court in 1998, but due to a technicality in the Swedish Copyright Act, Hägglund was still found guilty of copyright infringement, in spite of no injured party being identified. Continuing to sell Mein Kampf as well as books by more respected authors, Kalle Hägglund died in 2005.

Regardless of the "risk" of getting caught violating the law, I believe the law should be clear and sensible enough for you to be able to follow it even without anybody looking over your shoulder. A law prohibiting what ordinary people are believed to do on a daily basis is not only unfair in that it punishes those who happen to disclose what they are doing; such a law constitutes a direct threat to public respect of the law in general. If only a small minority of offenders ever risk getting caught for violating the law, then the public will care more about not getting caught than about actually following the law, and that is not a good thing for society.

2007-01-29, 12:56
C ur point. Big thx for extensive answer. Take care.