Anti-Piracy "Mafia" in Finland Raid House, Confiscate Winnie the Pooh Laptop
November 23, 2012 9:16 AM
(Source: South Park Studios)
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,
, 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."
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
, that the girl was among the pirates targeted by its anti-piracy sting operations.
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