The fight against piracy is starting to get results, though maybe not the results that media companies were hoping for. Pro-copyright abusing or bending the law and treating law enforcement agencies like their private bodyguards is nothing new, but it's also something that most people, thankfully, don't have to deal with, just yet.But it seems that these groups are doing everything possible to make sure they're ridiculed by everyone.
The latest example is police raiding the home of a 9-year-old girl who had downloaded some songs from The Pirate Bay.
CIAPC, the Finnish Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center, is running a common scheme these days, by sending alleged copyright infringers "settlement" letters asking them to pay a few hundred euros or risk a lawsuit.
If they agree to settle, they can't talk about it in any way. One man received such a letter in spring, but he chose to ignore it.
It turned out it was a bad move, as CIAPC made good on their threat and had the police pay him a visit.
The raid targeted any device that could be used for "piracy," including the computer of his daughter who had downloaded the songs that got them in trouble in the first place.
The Winnie the Pooh laptop is now evidence in the case. You'd think that any organization would know that taking away a 9-year-old's computer is not the best way to get people on your side, but that's obviously not the case here.
The police even had some advice for the man, it would have been easier to just pay up. That sounds like something that a 1930s gangster would tell a shop owner after smashing the place up, as the father noted as well.
"I got the feeling that there had been people from the MAFIA demanding money at the door," he said.