Early-Morning Raid Sent To Confiscate 9-Year-Old's Winnie The Pooh Laptop For Downloading Music

from the a-question-of-priorities dept

One of the biggest problems with the current approach to dealing with alleged copyright infringement is the totally disproportionate nature of the action undertaken in response to it. The "three strikes" collective punishment of households that is available in France, New Zealand and South Korea is one example of this. From Finland, we learn about another completely over-the-top action:
CIAPC, the company that had The Pirate Bay blocked by ISPs in Finland, tracked an alleged file-sharer and demanded a cash settlement. However, the Internet account holder refused to pay which escalated things to an unprecedented level. In response, this week police raided the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop.
The specific details are worrying:
Tuesday morning the doorbell of the family home rang around 8am and the man, who works in the hospitality sector, had quite a shock. Police were at his door with a search warrant authorizing the hunt for evidence connected to illicit file-sharing.
This kind of early-morning raid would be more appropriate for dealing with serious and dangerous criminals than 9-year-old girls (barely even mentioning that the girl's father claims her attempts at downloading failed, leading them to go purchase the music legally anyway). Similarly, the fact that for such a trivial case the account-holder's name and address were obtained from the ISP, and a search warrant issued, shows how out of control the law has become in this area.

Under the malign influence of the copyright companies, it would seem that the police force is now little more than a bunch of heavies sent around at ridiculous hours of the day to frighten people who refuse to pay the arbitrary sums demanded. It's hard to square this colossal waste of police time and public money with the deadly threat of terrorism that we supposedly live under: is intimidating members of the public in this way really such a priority for the Finnish state? It's also disappointing to see the legal system in Finland and elsewhere acquiescing in this terrible perversion by powerful lobbies of what is supposed to be even-handed, proportionate justice for all.

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  1. icon
    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), 26 Nov 2012 @ 8:38am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    True but by by making the legal side better they enable piracy.
    No, no they don't.

    "Piracy" in the technical sense of making an infringing copy of something is in no way enabled or hampered by making the legal option better. There is not one format or technical restriction that has ever or will ever prevent copies being made and obtained. As technology advances this can only become cheaper and easier when it already costs next to nothing for circumventing the most complex "protection" available and is accomplishable by anyone with minimal skills.
    Unless laws literally mandate (and fund of course) the total and constant monitoring of everyone's life and enforce harsh punishments making the smallest infringing of copyright approximately equivalent of violent crime there will be little effect on copyright infringement and even then I doubt it would stop. Conversely, I'd imagine that if enforcement of copyright was dialed back to cover only the most gratuitous for-profit infringement, the amount of infringement would likely also change very little.

    On the other hand, making legal offerings better, easier and cheaper would very quickly reduce the amount of infringement and also make more money. The problem is the corporations currently holding the strings know they're too old and slow to actually compete in a marketplace like that because they've long since forgotten how and so they'll do anythign they can to avoid it even if it means less money than they could have.

    Oh, and:
    When I buy a bluray disc, I'd want to be able to burn a backup and play it just as the original
    Please don't refer to things like this as "piracy", you're just playing their game. The obvious aim is for anything other than each an every person who "consumes content" paying each and every time they do to be declared illegal. Every time you refer to something that any sane person would consider a perfectly reasonable use of something that you've paid for as "piracy" you're vailidating a step towards that worldview.

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