When the story about the police raid on the home of 9-year-old girl for file-sharing made international news, the rest of the world kind of got the impression that piracy was taken pretty seriously by the Finnish authorities. It seems as though anti-piracy group CIAPC, who signaled for the raid after the girl’s father (the internet account holder) refused to pay the 600 euro settlement, have a whole lot of power and they aren’t afraid to use it.
The little girl in question had her Winnie The Pooh laptop confiscated (although a kindly anonymous group have since donated a used MacBook Pro for her to use) and her only crime was trying to download the new album by her favorite pop songstress Chisu.
To pretty much everyone who read about it, the actions taken by the police in this case, seemed over the top and highly excessive, especially after the girl’s father was told by police that he should just pay the 600 euro fine to “make the lawsuit disappear”.
According to an article by Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing.net, it gets even worse and far more preposterous than this! If you thought the raid and confiscation of a little girl’s laptop was bad and over the top, wait till you hear this. CIAPC recently hit a 21-year-old man with a whopping fine of €400,000 for piracy!
When you consider that fines for rape and torture are around €2,000 and a fine for murder is up to €11,000, the Finnish authorities are basically saying that piracy is a much worse crime than rape and murder! How in the hell did they work that one out?? The mind doth boggle!