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Finland drops ‘piracy’ case against nine year old girl

Father pays off the cartel
Fri Nov 30 2012, 09:47
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THE FINNISH COPYRIGHT BROWNSHIRTS have agreed to settle a case against a nine year old girl who might have tried to download an album but bought it anyway.

In the incident Finnish police turned up at a man's house looking for evidence of illegal downloading and impounded a Winnie the Pooh laptop that belonged to his daughter.

The girl's father had been approached to pay a civil settlement fee to the copyright cartel but chose not to do so. But that was before the police turned up at his house and seized one of his young daughter's possessions.

After that happened he had a change of heart and agreed to pay off the Finnish Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC).

While before the man, who detailed what happened in a Facebook post, had been asked for a €600 payout to make the accusation go away, the CIAPC settled for half that amount. It was still a lot more than the price of one CD, which the man and his daughter had already bought anyway.

"We got an agreement with the girl's father," said the CIAPC's Antti Kotilainen in a chat with Finnish paper YLE Uutiset. "We reversed [the] investigation."

That investigation was a civil "pre-trial" matter, according to the report. We have emailed the Finnish CIAPC for more information. µ


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