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article imageSwede convicted for posting private sex tape online

By AFP     Mar 16, 2015 in Crime

A Swedish man was ordered Monday to pay damages to his ex-girlfriend for posting a video online of them having sex, the first such ruling in the Scandinavian country.

Sweden's Supreme Court ordered the 20-year-old to pay his now former girlfriend 76,000 kronor ($8,750, 8,300 euros) in damages for uploading the video to two pornographic websites in 2012, unbeknownst to her, and causing her "fear, humiliation and shame".

The case sparked outrage in Sweden in 2013 when an appeals court slashed the damages imposed by the district court of Joenkoeping in eastern Sweden -- from 136,000 down to 31,000 kronor -- claiming it was now more "sociably acceptable" to be open and forthcoming about sexual behaviour.

"Prevailing ethical and social values should form the basis of the amount of compensation," the appeals court said at the time.

In the final ruling in the case, the Supreme Court rejected that view.

"According to the Court the act involved a serious violation both of the woman's reputation (as the film gave the false impression that she wanted to make the film available for others for the purpose of pornography) and of her private life," the court said in a statement.

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