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Bahnhof and Antipiratbyrån Settle Differences
April 4, 2005
Thomas Mennecke
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On March 10th, 2005, copyright Swedish authorities raided Bahnof, one of Sweden’s largest and oldest ISPs. Bahnhof was accused by Antipiratbyrån (APB), Sweden's anti-piracy organization, of facilitating the piracy of various movies, music and games. The raid yielded several Terabytes of information from an FTP server named "Enigma."

In order to pull of the raid, APB of course needed evidence against the ISP. To obtain the necessary information, APB impregnated Bahnhof with an infiltrator. According to the information hacked from Antipiratbyrån's servers; the individual had been working incognito within Bahnhof organization for two years. The individual's code name within anti-piracy ranks was "The Swede."

"The Swede" was central to this operation. He even shared coffee at one stage with the operators of the servers at the ISP's premises
(ironically located in the same building as the Swedish program)!

The American movie industry heralded the raid as major blow to piracy. However, in the end it became an embarrassment for Antipiratbyrån.

Two weeks after the raid, it was learned the infiltrator working for APB was responsible for the server's content. According to Bahnhof's internal investigation, the infiltrator was responsible for approximately 68,000 uploads and downloads. When Bahnhof confronted APB with sever logs demonstrating the infiltrator's role, the jubilant nature of the copyright industry began to change. Bahnhof accused APB of breaking "data and electronic communication laws."

While the two organizations were at each other's throats only days ago, it appears the dust has settled. In a joint press release, both sides have agreed to cease any legal actions against each other.

"We've buried the hatchet," said Bahnhof's managing director, Jon Karlung, to Svenska Dagbladet.

According to "The Local", an Swedish publication printed in English, APB still faces series of investigations by the Swedish Data Inspection Board and National Post and Telecom Agency.

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