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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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A typical Jason Mick sensational headline
By Beenthere on 11/23/2012 2:11:08 PM , Rating: -1
I guess Jason is used to raise the page hit count and advertising revenues for DT because his stories are very sensational, bias and often foolish.

In the case of this girl who illegally downloaded music files, she knew full well what she was doing. Her parents are negligent for not teaching her better and for failing to supervise her online activities.

In addition to her father failing parenting 101, he ignored the notice to pay a fine for piracy. His failure to accept responsibility for his daughters actions (because she is a minor) and his negligence led to the residence being raided and the childs PC being confiscated. This could have all been avoided if he had just paid the fine or at least responded appropriately.

The logic that no crime was committed because the father went to the store after the fact and bought the album, demonstrates complete ignorance of law. Hating the police for doing their job is ignorant. Hating copyright holders for enforcing their copyright, which by law they must, is ignorant.

It's no more right to steal music than it is to steal software or cable TV. That is why people pay stiff fines and even go to jail for these crimes. Japan has seen the light and has made piracy a mandatory 2 year prison sentence with a large fine. $25,000 per copy sends a clear message to all who pirate.

Jason Mick is very good at writing tripe to slant the news and dupe the gullible... like sheep to the slaughter house.

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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