Finnish Police Seize 9-Year-Old's Laptop for File-Sharing Violations

Finnish Police Seize 9-Year-Old's Laptop for File-Sharing Violations

If you think the U.S. takes illegal file-sharing seriously, try downloading some pirated material in Finland. Or you could just ask Mr. Aki Nylund.

After Nylund, father of a torrent-downloading 9-year-old daughter, failed to respond to a complaint issued by Finnish anti-piracy group, Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC), it had the police raid his home and seize his daughter's laptop. Authorities found a Google Search for Chisu and the Pirate Bay in the web history on the child's laptop. However, no actual downloaded files were found on the Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends laptop. 

That's because the young gir didn't download anything. After unsuccessfully trying to download a Chisu (Finnish pop star) song from The Pirate Bay, Nylund purchased the CD for his daughter. 

According to Tech Spot, during the raid, the police dropped some words of advice to Nylund:

“It would have been easier for all concerned if you had paid the compensation.”

After finding out about the situation, Chisu apologized to her 9-year-old fan and provided her music to the child to stream for free on Spotify. 

Do you think CIAPC overreacted in this situation or can this example send a strong message to digital pirates? 

[via Tech Crunch

Tags: file-sharing, finland, police, the-pirate-bay
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