One of the biggest problems with the current approach to dealing with alleged copyright infringement is the totally disproportionate nature of the action undertaken in response to it.
However, the Internet account holder refused to pay which escalated things to an unprecedented level. In response, this week police raided the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop.
This kind of early-morning raid would be more appropriate for dealing with serious and dangerous criminals than 9-year-old girls (barely even mentioning that the girl’s father claims her attempts at downloading failed, leading them to go purchase the music legally anyway). Similarly, the fact that for such a trivial case the account-holder’s name and address were obtained from the ISP, and a search warrant issued, shows how out of control the law has become in this area
Der Winnie-the-Pooh-Laptop eines neunjährigen Mädchens wird in einer Polizeirazzia zu früher Stunde beschlagnahmt, weil das Kind versucht hat, einen Song illegal herunterzuladen.
Yep, das Problem mit aktuellem Copyright/Urheberrecht ist, dass es nicht hart genug durchgesetzt wird.
Der Vater des Mädchens hat sich mittlerweile außergerichtlich mit den Klägern geeinigt. Torrentfreak:
Despite criticizing the heavy handedness of the authorities and describing an anti-piracy group’s demands for cash settlement as “mafia-like”, the father of the child has chosen to pay up to make possible legal action go away. Anti-piracy group CIAPC says it is happy with the 300 euro cash payment.