If this news is true (which is highly likely), then it’s a bad day for the Swedish scene. One of the oldest scene groups from Sweden, SVENNE, has apparently quit the scene for good. In an NFO released earlier today, SVENNE claimed “we're stepping down and leaving it [the scene] forever”. According to the same NFO, reason behind their decision is Swedish Anti Piracy Bureau (Antipiratbyrån) finding out details about members involved in the group. They also claim to have ‘made a settlement’ with the Anti Piracy agency and encourages other groups to quit as well. Full NFO is quoted below:

Farewell.And.Godbye-SVENNE-REDCROSS

After ten years on the Scene we're stepping down and leaving it forever. We have been exposed by the Swedish Antipiracy Bureau whom have identified all of our members and sites. The good thing is that we have had the possibility to make a settlement.

Our activity is immediately ceased.

We apologies to all Swedish and foreign movie producers for the damage we have caused. Those of you who are still involved in the Scene - close down. None of you are safe out there.

Phayze RC Devdel Castro Kaya Gypzy Sunshine Spect Chefen Djosse

SVENNE was a DVDR/XViD movie release group who often pre’d movies in Swedish languages. They’ve been operating for more than 10 years and was one of the most experienced groups in the Swesdish scene. An interesting fact about REDCROSS releases was that they alsways contained the following text in the NFO:

If you enjoyed this movie. Please buy it or make an donation to: www.redcross.org

If the NFO is true and not pre spam (which it doesn’t appear to be), this is a major victory for the Swedish Anti Piracy Bureau. Antipiratbyran has had several triumphs over the scene in the past few months, including the takedown of Sunnydale topsite. And if SVENNE were really allowed to make a settlement – they must be very lucky as most groups don’t get that chance. Hopefully no other groups were sold out in the process.

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8 Comments

  1. Aby // 10/04/2009 09:37:00 PM  

    Thanks for the great times and awesome programmers out there.
    Antipiracygroups make money by taking insane amounts of cash from artists and they say pirates do the damage.I goota nice word for you guys FUCK OFF+If it werent for piracy microsoft nor adobe wouldnt be in the place they are in and there wouldnt be millions of fans for beatles or muse.Human can only evolve and develop with resources and when resources are put mad money value ... nuff said.

    Open your eyes shit heads

  2. nobody // 10/04/2009 10:10:00 PM  

    If they decided to quit it was their choice.But no need to whinning by "apologizes". And the appeal to others to close down looks like betrayal & faggotry.

  3. TEAM FILEnetworks // 10/04/2009 10:31:00 PM  

    nobody,
    The apology and request to others to quit may well have been part of the deal (if there ever was one).

  4. Luca // 10/05/2009 05:12:00 PM  
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  5. infallsvinkel // 10/05/2009 11:44:00 PM  

    In Swedish media the responsible lawyer for The Anti Piracy Bureau says: "we have received great amounts of valuable information and that is the reason as to why we are not suing them".

    http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/nyheter/uppsparad-illegal-filmleverantor-lagger-ner-1.967698

  6. Fes // 10/05/2009 11:51:00 PM  

    question is what's the future of private trackers who depend on scene shit?

  7. TEAM FILEnetworks // 10/06/2009 12:34:00 AM  

    Fes,
    Not all scene releases are shit (personal opinion). And this won't be the end of the scene - it will most likely only be a temporary setback to the Swedish scene.
    The scene as a whole has gone through darker periods - back when operation fastlink, site down, buccaneer, etc struck them. They survived and even some of the busted groups such as FLT are still releasing, to date.

  8. TEAM FILEnetworks // 10/06/2009 12:34:00 AM  

    @infallsvinkel,
    Thanks for the link.