Fan-Created Subtitle Site Raided By Swedish Police

These days it’s a fairly common occurrence for sites offering links to movies and TV shows to attract the attention of authorities. It happens almost every week and considering the power of Hollywood, hardly comes as a surprise. However, an event in the past 24 hours is a step beyond anything seen so far in Sweden, a country that has long-enjoyed the freedom to share files but has increasingly felt pressure from the United States and its powerful Hollywood-based movie companies. There are plenty of sites online that offer subtitle files so that speakers of any language (and of course the deaf) are able to enjoy watching and understanding movies and TV shows. Many of these carry subtitles ripped from consumer DVDs and Blu-ray discs so it’s perhaps understandable when copyright holders object to their distribution. However, there are also sites that offer subtitles created by fans. Enthusiasts watch a movie or TV show and set to work translating the dialog and manually transforming it into a text file. …

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Fan-Created Subtitle Site Raided By Swedish Police

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013 Net News

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