Swedish Internet traffic down 30 percent after antipiracy law

Posted on Thursday, Apr 02 2009 @ 15:49 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
CNET reports the new IPRED anti-piracy law in Sweden may have scared pirates, Swedish net traffic was down 30 percent on the day the law went into effect:
As of 2 p.m. local time Wednesday in Sweden, Internet traffic was down about 30 percent from the day before, according to Computer Sweden (in Swedish). The average traffic over Netnod, a company that measures most of the Internet traffic access points between Swedish and international networks, was 80Gbps Wednesday compared to Tuesday's 120Gbps. Traffic had been steady the previous week.

A similar effect occurred after The Pirate Bay raid three years ago. Then traffic dropped from 30Gbps to 22Gbps, according to Computer Sweden. However, Netnod declined make the connection between the new IPRED law and the drop in Internet traffic.

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