Swedish file sharers get insurance
As Sweden begins to crack down on
file sharers, a Swedish student has started an interesting business: he offers insurance to users who fear being fined for their buccaneering habits.
Magnus Braath, a 29-year-old architecture student, is offering to pay
fines for any Swede convicted of the country's new antipiracy law.
People unwilling to give up the practice of downloading copies of
copyright music, movies or games can go to Tankafritt.nu and pay 140
Swedish crowns, about $19, for annual coverage.
A convicted pirate will also receive a printed T-shirt that reads "I got
convicted for file-sharing and all I got was this lousy T-shirt."
CNet says Braath uses the insurance as a way to protest Sweden's
anti-piracy laws. He may also be making some money on the side in the
process. According to him, "only a handful" of people have been fined
for file sharing in Sweden so far, and the fines might only top out at
16,000 Swedish crowns—just over $2,200. In contrast, U.S. file
sharers who cross the RIAA's path have to cough up an average of $3,600,
according to Rolling