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A 31-year-old man at the heart of Sweden’s largest file sharing case to date was convicted in Linköping District Court on Monday.

Karlsson had been indicted for making approximately 4,500 music files and more than 30 films available for downloading on the internet.

The court ruled that fines, which up until now had been the punishment handed down in similar cases, were not sufficient when considering the number of films and songs included in the case.

In its ruling, the court found that “a task for the use of the state’s powers is to, via legislation or other means, take the measures judged necessary” in order to find a solution to the problem.

In addition, the court stated in its judgment that the film and recording industries must also take some responsibility. As a result, the 31-year-old was not sent to prison but instead given a suspended sentence.

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