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The piracy police made one 9-year-old a very unhappy camper

Word to the kids: don't pirate files or your folks may have their houses raided and your toys seized.

A 9-year-old Finnish girl, according to TorrentFreak, happened to be very into a particular local pop star named Chisu.  So innocently, the 9-year-old went onto Google Inc. (GOOG) ubiquitous search engine.  Lo-and-behold, the first result to pop up was The Pirate Bay, the world's biggest torrent and magnet-link site, which also happens to have been launched in neighboring Sweden.

The girl tried to install a program to read the torrent files she downloaded, but the downloads all mysteriously failed.  Upset, she complained to her father, who took her to the store to purchase the Chisu album -- legally.

But it turns out that the downloads didn't fail.  Instead they were malicious trackers, which flagged her home internet protocol (IP) address as an infringer.  Working with her ISP, the local Copyright Information AND Anti-Piracy Centre (a sister organization to the Recording Industry Association of America) sent her father a suspicious letter, demanding a payment of 600€ and to sign a legally binding letter promising not to tell anyone about the payment or the threat.

[Chisu on YouTube]

Her father, confused, did not respond.

That's when local police raided the house in order to "assist" in the investigation.  The father in the case recalls thinking that he'd wound up on the bad side of Mafioso or something, commenting, "I got the feeling that there had been people from the Mafia demanding money at the door.  We have not done anything wrong with my daughter. If adults do not always know how to use a computer and the web, how can you assume that children or the elderly – or a 9-year-old girl – knows what they are doing at any given time online?  This is the pinnacle of absurdity. I can see artists are in a position, but this requires education and information, not resource-consuming lawsuits."

The little pirate paid dearly for her "crime against humanity"; the armed police raiding her house seized her Winnie the Pooh laptop as "evidence" to be used in the case against her father.

There is a silver lining: Chisu, whose music the nine-year-old so-loved that she put her father in legal jeopardy, reached out to the family after hearing the story.  She points them to her Spotify, where people can listen to her music for free, commenting, "I hope that the matter will be resolved soon and sorry to my 9-year-old girls."

Winnie the Pooh
Finnish police seized a certain little pirate's Winnie the Pooh laptop.
[Image Source: IBTimes]

Joonas Mäkinen of Finland’s Pirate Party was outraged at the story.  He praises Chisu's response, but complains the big media industry is holding artists hotage, leaving them with few real options to help abused fans.  He comments:

It is sad to see how even the big artists have no idea what CIAPC / TTVK is doing in their name. And the worst part is that even after learning about this, like Chisu did just now and took part in the discussion on Facebook, they can’t stop it since all copyright protection and monitoring is centralized.

I hope all musicians realize that the fan hunt that involves confiscating laptops and signing deals that require you to be silent about the payments are severely hurting the image of copyright and creators. Authors of works should actively rise up to say NO to what CIAPC/TTVK is doing if they wish to keep their fans.

The Pirate Party has gained its first seats in the European Union's Parliament, following public outrage at the Orwellian anti-piracy tactics that have been sweeping the continent.

The CIAPC confirmed, according to TorrentFreak, that the girl was among the pirates targeted by its anti-piracy sting operations.

Source: TorrentFreak

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Wait, what?
By Scootie on 11/23/2012 12:07:38 PM , Rating: 5
So let me get this straight, cause english is not my native. The girl tries to download music, fails because the link is hauxed or something like that, nothing gets on the computer and the father gets a letter to shut up and pay 600 euros? Am I the only one who thinks some politians should be checked for their mental stability or the ability to "conjure" laws?

RE: Wait, what?
By cochy on 11/23/2012 2:15:24 PM , Rating: 5
It's called Thought Crime. Welcome to 1984.

RE: Wait, what?
By PrinceGaz on 11/26/12, Rating: 0
RE: Wait, what?
By heffeque on 11/23/2012 2:21:36 PM , Rating: 5
I'm actually surprised that the title is
Anti-Piracy "Mafia" in Finland Raid House, Confiscate Winnie the Pooh Laptop

instead of
Anti-Piracy Mafia in Finland Raid House, Confiscate Winnie the Pooh Laptop

RE: Wait, what?
By inperfectdarkness on 11/23/2012 9:08:40 PM , Rating: 4
It is morbidly comforting to konw that the USA isn't the only westernized country with terrifyingly inept, corrupt and dangerous politicians in control.

And coming to you next week, women will be able to file for divorce due to infidelity because their husbands masturbate.

RE: Wait, what?
By bupkus on 11/24/2012 4:53:54 PM , Rating: 1

Probably best if you see a marriage counselor.

This happened in Finland not Sweden
By harshw on 11/23/2012 12:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
The case happened in Finland not in Sweden.

RE: This happened in Finland not Sweden
By Master Kenobi on 11/23/2012 2:00:27 PM , Rating: 4
The only place something like this makes any sense at all in is China. Anywhere else it's a crime against humanity.

RE: This happened in Finland not Sweden
By wordsworm on 11/23/2012 7:17:42 PM , Rating: 5
That must be a new development. I don't think Chinese officials are worried at all about IP theft.

By inperfectdarkness on 11/23/2012 8:57:49 PM , Rating: 2
i lol'd

By dragonbif on 11/26/2012 2:47:37 PM , Rating: 2
Na, in China if you piss off the wrong official you are killed on the side of the road for stilling their kids music and not paying $10000 for it.

By StevoLincolnite on 11/23/2012 8:00:27 PM , Rating: 3
The only place something like this makes any sense at all in is China.

>>> Implying it can make sense in the first place.

Finlad is not in Scandinavia
By Magnus909 on 11/24/2012 11:23:38 AM , Rating: 5
Scandinavia = Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

Extend these three countries to Finland and Iceland and you have the five Nordic countries.

RE: Finlad is not in Scandinavia
By Taft12 on 11/24/2012 10:55:30 PM , Rating: 1
Informative post!

I have a feeling.
By Mathos on 11/23/2012 12:01:26 PM , Rating: 5
This case should be thrown out of court with prejudice. When private corporations believe they have the right to invade your house or blackmail you, it's time we all stand up and fight back. Perhaps we need to raid these companies HQ's and expose their fraud practices, and the level of bribery they pay elected officials?

By Mitch101 on 11/24/2012 2:28:59 PM , Rating: 5
600€ and to sign a legally binding letter promising not to tell anyone about the payment or the threat .

So they legalized extortion?

Im telling you they are going to hit the wrong person one day someone poor but not enough to purchase bullets or take up a hobby like anthrax manufacturing and mail an envelope back full of it.

The fines are just financially devastating enough to drive someone to extremes. How much says drunk driver that kills someone is a lesser fine? This just makes a mockery of the legal system and government.

Too much corruption
By Nyu on 11/23/2012 1:47:00 PM , Rating: 2
The amount of corrupted politicians is out of hand lately, look at all the crap last few years, this RIAA and similar mafias everywhere doing unbelievable things and the support completely supports them, then the bribed judges in Apple cases, etc etc, we need a big revolution soon worldwide to stop all this crap and throw the scumbags out of power.

RE: Too much corruption
By Nyu on 11/23/2012 1:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
*the gov

By BZDTemp on 11/24/2012 5:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
DT it is time foe a lesson in geography!

First of all Scandinavia commonly refers to Norway, Sweden and Denmark so Finland is not even part of that group of countries. There is another group of countries called the Nordic countries which consists of the Scandinavian countries plus Finland and Iceland and some islands which some count as individual places and some see as part of either of three Scandinavian countries (Fx. Greenland which part of Denmark but have their own identity).

Secondly even if Finland was part of Scandinavia there is no such thing as a Scandinavian police. That is like saying there is a North American police which I think would be obviously to most doesn't make sense.

universality of dumb
By Shadowmaster625 on 11/26/2012 10:55:59 AM , Rating: 2
It is nice to know that the stupid bug has infected other nations and not just america. Or maybe it is not nice to know....

By KOOLTIME on 11/29/2012 12:42:04 PM , Rating: 2

Cant pirate something unless someone makes it downloadable in the 1st place, notice those places are never raided, they allways seem to raid downloaders lol

For uploader file policy, then cant upload illegal files or viruses, then all downloaders will be safe.

Someone clicking a file link that some other person made freely available should not be the downloaders fault, as many of the uploaders place false web adds saying this file is something other then what it really is, and the downloaded gets in trouble later for those lies.

All file uploads should go through a digital signature check for QA, then they can either be sold or tagged free, so downloaders can just click away with no more worries about it being available. ISP,s can control that function, this would eliminate 100% of bad software on the web if all uploads had forced digital signature for legallity and correctnes of it is waht its says the software should be, no more virus uploads and other hacked problems.

A typical Jason Mick sensational headline
By Beenthere on 11/23/12, Rating: -1
RE: A typical Jason Mick sensational headline
By Motoman on 11/23/2012 4:24:08 PM , Rating: 5
The force is weak in this one.

RE: A typical Jason Mick sensational headline
By kyp275 on 11/24/2012 3:44:10 AM , Rating: 2
There was no force in that one period, and no intelligence either IMO.

By maugrimtr on 11/26/2012 10:43:24 AM , Rating: 2
OP calls it a fine - it's not a fine, it's blackmail using the threat of legal action. A legal fine is levied by law enforcement or the courts in accordance with legislation, not by lawyers writing extortion letters.

RE: A typical Jason Mick sensational headline
By BZDTemp on 11/24/2012 5:16:30 AM , Rating: 3
Don't buy into the RIAA/MPAA propaganda.

No stealing was taking place. Copying is NOT stealing so no theft only copyright violation.

By Taft12 on 11/24/2012 10:58:23 PM , Rating: 2
Testify! Still needs to be repeated in almost every news post involving illegal copying. A car can be stolen. A file cannot.

By bupkus on 11/24/2012 5:05:02 PM , Rating: 3
You, sir, are a fuckin moron. You should never have children.
If the law required you to surrender your 9 year old to police custody you would most certainly comply.

By bigboxes on 11/24/2012 9:33:12 PM , Rating: 1
Tell us more, Gomer.

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