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Sweden: Patent and Market Court Declares Classic Works Quotable Even under Offensive Circumstances

(Apr. 30, 2021) On April 15, 2021, the Swedish Patent and Market Court held that classic texts that are part of the Swedish cultural heritage may be quoted or reproduced unaltered, even when the context is offensive to the general public. (Patent and Market Court Case No. PMT 17286-19, on file with author.) Section 51 […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Rules Naming and Threatening Police Officer in Rap Song to Be Freedom of Expression and Not a Crime

(Apr. 7, 2021) On March 31, 2021, the Supreme Court of Sweden issued a judgment finding that song lyrics that named a female police officer and included threatening language did not constitute the crime of threatening a police officer (hot mot tjänsteman), but was protected under the constitutional right to freedom of expression. (Supreme Court, […]

Sweden: Privacy Protection Authority Finds Police Use of Facial Recognition Illegal, Issues Fines

(Apr. 6, 2021) On February 10, 2021, the Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection (IMY, Integrationsmyndigheten, formerly Datainspektionen) issued a decision whereby it fined the Swedish Police Authority 2.5 million Swedish kronor (about US$296,000) for violating the Crime Data Act (Brottsdatalagen) by using the facial recognition application Clearview AI. The artificial intelligence application was used intermittently […]

Sweden: Government Declares Risk of COVID-19 Transmission Grounds for Receiving Pregnancy Benefits

(Mar. 8, 2021) On March 4, 2021, the Swedish government (Regeringen) announced that women who are 20 to 36 weeks pregnant may be entitled to pregnancy benefits (graviditetspenning) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes in the wake of the announcement on February 26, 2021, by the Socialstyrelsen (National Board of Health and Welfare) that […]

Sweden: Amendment Requiring Banks to Provide Access to Cash Services Enters into Force

(Feb. 5, 2021) On January 1, 2021, an amendment to the Swedish Act on Payment Services (Lagen (SFS 2010:751) om betaltjänster) requiring banks to provide access to cash services entered into force. The amendment stipulates as follows: 1 § Such credit institutions and branches of foreign credit institutions that supply customers with payment accounts that […]

Sweden: Appellate Court Declares Decision on Shared Reindeer Herding Rights Invalid

(Jan. 26, 2021) On December 16, 2020, the Appellate Court for Upper Norrland remanded the Vapsten reindeer case to the court of first instance, ordering it to rehear the case to determine which Sami group has a better right to herd reindeer in the Vapsten reindeer herding area in northern Sweden. (Appellate Court of Upper […]

Sweden: Prosecution Authority Introduces Fine for Certain COVID-19 Violations

(Jan. 22, 2021) On January 18, 2021, the Swedish Prosecution Authority (Åklagarmyndigheten) decided to introduce a breach of regulation fine (ordningsbot) of 2,000 Swedish krona (about US$242) for violations of the new temporary COVID-19 Pandemic Act. Specifically, the fine will apply to persons who congregate either in excess of the permitted number (currently eight) or […]

Sweden: New COVID-19 Act Enters into Force

(Jan. 21, 2021) On January 10, 2021, a temporary COVID-19 Act (Lag om särskilda begränsningar för att förhindra spridning av sjukdomen covid-19 (SFS 2021:4)) entered into force in Sweden. The act was adopted by the Swedish Parliament in a special session on January 8, 2021. It allows the government to take measures aimed at reducing […]

Sweden: Parliament Adopts New Rules for Electronic Communication with Courts

(Dec. 28, 2020) On November 4, 2020, the Swedish Parliament voted to adopt new legislation that will allow for the digital signing of certain court documents, thereby amending the Code of Judicial Procedure as well several other acts, including, among others, the Act on Administrative Procedure, the Act on Court Matters, and the Land Code. […]

Sweden: Government Sends Pandemic Law for Stakeholder Consultation

(Dec. 11, 2020) On December 9, 2020, the Swedish government referred a draft pandemic law to stakeholders for consultation (remiss). In total 129 stakeholders were contacted, ranging from government agencies, health regions, and local municipalities to cinema corporations, public transportation corporations, and industry representatives. Responses are due by December 23, 2020. Before being voted on […]