Sweden: Internet Use Down After File-Sharing Law

STOCKHOLM — Experts say Internet traffic dropped sharply in Sweden this week after a new law cracking down on online copyright violation went into force.

Statistics from the Netnod Internet Exchange, an organization measuring Internet traffic, suggest that daily online activity dropped more than 40 percent after the law took effect on Wednesday.

Henrik Ponten of the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau said Friday that the plunge is a sign that file-swappers are reducing their activity for fear of getting caught.

The new law makes it easier to prosecute file-sharers because it requires Internet Service Providers to disclose the IP-addresses of suspected violators to copyright owners.