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Raided 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl Came To Save Us All

Posted on November 25th, 2012 at 19:58 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


So, all in all, especially considering the upset endured by the little girl and her family, this week’s events have been a disaster for the copyright lobby in Finland.

Almost universally the cash demands made to the girl’s father are being viewed as MAFIA-like extortion tactics. Furthermore, the fact that CIAPC can get the police to jump over a single album download has the Finnish public looking on in disbelief. Officers’ time could be spent on much more serious issues, surely?

Additionally, IP address evidence has been shown to be as flimsy as ever – unless of course CIAPC magically knew they were targeting a child and in which case they fully deserve the ‘bully’ label bandied around this week. One of these scenarios is true, and it’s a loss / loss situation for the copyright lobby whichever way you cut it.

Finally, the artist who was being ‘protected’ by this action has seen her reputation damaged by it instead. Aside from scaring little girls, and using the police for a small and private matter, this is perhaps the biggest travesty of all.

Add this all together and what you have here is a 9-year-old martyr who doesn’t know how important she is. She’s sad today because she doesn’t have a laptop, but tomorrow is another day and her suffering will not be in vain.

Because the public are angry, politicians will be nervous too, and uncooperative politicians are bad news for tougher copyright law. But in the short term anyone sent a “pay-up-or-else” letter from CIAPC (if they even dare to send any more) will be thinking long and hard about paying. The chances of the police coming next time must be slimmer than last week.

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  1. Does anyone know of a web site that is collecting donations for this 9yr old? The machinations of Copyright Law are “irrelevant’ to this child. She needs her world back, NOW.

Mine Kafon

Posted on November 25th, 2012 at 19:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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  1. I saw him at TedxUtrecht, and was wondering with several other people right after why this wound up at MOMA instead of Afghanistan. Or rather, that MOMA should have put some of the money towards actually deploying this thing in Afghanistan, instead of cuddling it into icon status. His talk felt like him recounting how everything in his life led up to this particular design. And yes, I love it, it’s an amazing design. But is it too perfect to ever be put to work?