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Swedish Film Institute is not stealing films

Forced to make statement on ‘piracy’
Thu Sep 22 2011, 15:25

THE SWEDISH FILM INSTITUTE (SFI) has been forced to explain how it become embroiled in a copyright scandal and why what happened is a lesson to us all.

The Swedish Film Institute was rather unceremoniously dragged into the way against 'piracy' after leaked films placed on The Pirate Bay were traced back to its servers. The Institute explains in a statement seen by Torrent Freak that it could be a case of mistaken identity and a perfect example of why you shouldn't accuse people of things just because they are associated with an IP address.

However, the SFI is unable to prove whether this happened in this case because the copyright cops are not keen to hand over their data to the Institute.

"The week before the incident became public we carried out intensive work in which we asked the information technology company DoubleTrace AB and production company Strix to show us the data that they claim to have, to get a chance to see if the sharing actually took place here, and if so, from where," the SFI explains it is statement.

"Since we are being denied the material it means that we can not verify whether the information is correct."

The SFI server estate was discovered to be involved during Doubletrace's investigations, but according to Torrentfreak it shares its IP with a number of tenants, including visitors to its library. Importantly it also offers open WiFi connections in some of its areas.

The Institute has carried out its own investigations and audited its PCs, servers, networks and logs as well as being open about what it is doing. µ


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