Every once in a while we come accross a story that is just too damn silly to belive, but alas! The internet is in uproar this week at the news that a house was raided due to a 9 year old girl attempting to download music illegally, resulting in her Winnie the Pooh laptop being taken as evidence of her... erm, piracy.
Obviously there is a little more to it than that, but it all started when the girl wanted to check out a few of her favorite pop songs, she typed them into Google which threw up the top result of a Torrent link on The Pirate Bay. The downloads didn't work for her, partly because shes 9 years old and doesn't understand file sharing and likely because of a lack of proper torrent software. As a result her father discovered she wanted the music and took her out to buy the album from a retail outlet.
But piracy is piracy and even if it was unwillingly attempted rather than committed, that didn't stop Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC sending her dad a letter asking for €600 settlement and a signature on a non-disclosure agreement to make the issue go away. Naturally he refused and stood his ground, doing what was clearly the right thing to do at the time.
On Tuesday the home of the family was raided by police, with a search warrant and they took the laptop from the house as evidence. Because lets face it, they didn't have anything better to do than take a childs laptop? Oh dear.
The girls father has said “I got the feeling that there had been people from the mafia demanding money at the door.”
Has the law gone mad? Or do you think this is justifiable in anyway? Let us know in the comments section below.