3 Count: Child Pirates

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1: Police Raid 9-Year-Old Pirate Bay Girl, Confiscate Winnie The Pooh Laptop

First off today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that police in Finland raided the home of a household suspected of piracy and, in the process, confiscated the laptop of a 9-year-old girl. The move came at the behest of the CIAPC, a local anti-piracy group, which tracked the download of a fake torrent to the home. According to the girl’s father, she had searched for an artist in Google and had been directed to The Pirate Bay but, after the download failed to work, they purchased the music the next day. The CIAPC had asked for 600 Euros in damages for the alleged piracy, which the father refused to pay. The move has sparked outrage in Finland and the artist involved, Chisu, has worked to distance herself from the act.

2: Dotcom: We’ve Hit the Jackpot

Next up today, David Fisher at the New Zealand Herald is reporting that Kim Dotcom, the famed owner and founder of the shuttered site Megaupload, claims to have found evidence of bad faith by the U.S. government in its prosecution of his company. In the case against Megaupload the company, which is taking place in the U.S., Dotcom claims that the government, had issued a search warrant for some 39 files on Megaupload’s servers that it needed to preserve as part of an unrelated piracy investigation. Megaupload complied but, later, when the government petitioned to seize the domain, cited 36 of those files as evidence Megaupload had pirated content on its servers. He said that this shows evidence of bad faith on the part of the FBI and the New Zealand court, which is overseeing the case against Dotcom personally and his employees (who are being considered for extradition) are asking to see the documents relating to the investigation. The US government, which is petitioning for extradition, is appealing that request.

3: That Facebook Copyright Protection Notice Is An Urban Myth

Finally today, Jeff Bercovici of Forbes reports that Facebook users, following a controversial update to the site’s terms of use, have begun posting copyright statements that they hope will prevent Facebook from claiming copyright in the works they upload. Though the terms of use are controversial, both for their timing (the day before Thanksgiving in the U.S.) and their content, which removes users’ right to vote on any future policy changes, it doesn’t actually change anything with the site’s copyright policy. However, Facebook users are posting statements to their walls, which are being shared virally, in a bid to protect themselves against any rights grab by Facebook. Unfortunately, experts agree that such postings do not do any good and are just another example of a viral Facebook hoax.


That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.

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