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Finnish Girl’s Laptop Seized Over Online Piracy

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 2, 2012 Last Updated: December 3, 2012
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A file photo taken on April 18, 2009, shows supporters of The Pirate Bay website, one of the world's top torrent websites, demonstrating in Stockholm. (Fredrik Persson/AFP/Getty Images)

A file photo taken on April 18, 2009, shows supporters of The Pirate Bay website, one of the world's top torrent websites, demonstrating in Stockholm. (Fredrik Persson/AFP/Getty Images)

The father of a 10-year-old child in Finland paid a $390 fine to a Finnish anti-piracy organization, which also took the girl’s laptop, it was reported last week.

The girl searched the torrent site The Pirate Bay to download an album from Finnish pop star Chisu, but her father told the BBC that they were not able to download it. They purchased the album the next day.

The father, who was identified as Aki Nylund, told TorrentFreak that he was not happy with the anti-piracy organization’s demands.

“I got the feeling that there had been people from the mafia demanding money at the door,” Nylund told the site.

The country’s Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Center discovered that the father’s ISP account was connected with The Pirate Bay.

“We have now reached a settlement in the matter. The police investigation has stopped and the rights holders have been compensated. All parties involved are satisfied with the settlement,” a representative with the organization told the BBC.

“We agree that individual lawsuits against file-sharers are a slow and ineffective process. We can only act within the boundaries of current Finnish legislation, which does not permit rights holders to tackle piracy in softer and more efficient ways.”

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