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In a precedent-setting case, a Swedish businessman was sentenced last week by a Stockholm court to pay $55,000 to seven distributors for parallel import of American DVDs from the U.S. via Denmark.

According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, the defendant had — through a limited company — purchased 350 DVD films released in the American market. He claimed they had legally been shipped to Denmark, then Sweden, where they had been sold.

But the court found he had violated the holders of Scandinavian rights to the titles, including those held by Egmont-Nordisk Film, Svensk Filmindustri, Scanbox, Sandrew-Metronome, Buena Vista, Paramount and Universal, overruling a decision by a lower court.

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