A 47-year-old Swedish man is facing a $233,000 lawsuit from Sony after he shared in June 8 a copy of Beyoncé's last studio album 4, prior its official release on June 24. The case, which is notable for being the first ever to include monitoring and subsequent charging of a BitTorrent user, centers around the pre-release leaking of a Beyoncé album to the famous torrent site The Pirate Bay. Now, in a parallel civil action brought by Sony Music Entertainment, the label is seeking damages of 1.5 million kronor, which is roughly $233,000.
The lawsuit claims that pre-release leaks are the most damaging form of piracy. The submission filed to the Gothenburg District Court now by Sony said that its business has been negatively affected by the leak on a number of fronts, also that is has suffered damage to its marketing strategy, sales revenues and has also incurred additional costs. Sony adds that its relationship with Beyoncé has been damaged and the artist’s reputation hurt since the incident.
The monitoring and evidence gathering, provided by DtecNet, used a unique ISP filtering solution specifically targeting copyrighted content, uses real time traffic monitoring which allows ISP’s to drastically reduce network congestion caused by distribution of illegal content on P2P file sharing.
And although the identity of the 47-year-old Sweden man is unknown, it is believed that he works in the music industry.