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
    Wally (profile), 26 Nov 2012 @ 9:35am

    Re: Re:

    First, please don't accuse me of being a fanboy. All I'm really saying is that Samsung is doing the same thing as Apple...claiming ridiculous ownership of things they don't own.

    My main gripe about the ban is that it was based automated, unchecked, "number of complaints limit before we give you the boot" system. Fanboy or not, I did not let my bias get in the way. Here, the only punishment is that your comment gets reported as abusive and gets hidden while you still maintain your word.

    A lot of the anti-Apple sentiment there has nothing to do with Apple vs. Android. I was told on good authority that a lot of the French users there have a bias because Apple was once so "exclusive" and "unique" and they were upset that Gassť being fired and Jobs replacing Gassť's business model. So when I said "hey, wait a minute, look here at Samsung's recent executive level litigations, they are just as crazy as Apple now" I got dogpiled upon. Whenever I am asked/pushed to look for evidence on pure rational thought and reason, that's where I got extreme.

    I'm not a fanboy for at least mildly supporting a company I grew up on. If you are not from the US, I'm aware you might not understand the nostalgia behind it. Most schools in the US while I was in grade school and jr. high, had Apple computers. So really it's more that I know from their products that I'm used over the years, I have a legitimate reason for showing a little support for them.. Though I'm not happy about OSX.

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