Swedish File Sharing Law Decreases Internet Use
At any rate, we're told that statistics from the Netnod Internet Exchange, an organization measuring Internet traffic, have shown that "daily online activity dropped more than 40 percent after the law took effect on Wednesday." Not surprisingly, many in Sweden suggested that this was a positive reaction to the new law, essentially scaring off legions of file sharers and immediately cleansing them of their pirating ways.
It should be noted, however, that TorrentFreak has followed up these allegations with quite an alarming statistic of its own. During the same time period which saw a 40% decrease in traffic, around 384,000 Swedes (or 5% of the total population) were connected in some way to The Pirate Bay, which does not represent a significant decline. If we're reading this correctly, it seems that lawmakers have yet again scared off and potentially harmed the wrong (and innocent) crowd -- great job, everyone!