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Police end criminal investigation of 9-year-old girl accused of piracy

Published Nov 29th, 2012 11:59PM EST
9-Year-Old Girl Piracy

It seems that raiding the house of a 9-year-old girl and seizing her “Winnie the Pooh” laptop wasn’t the public relations triumph that copyright holders were hoping for. MTV3 in Finland reports that police have ended their criminal investigation into piracy allegations against a 9-year-old girl and her father who allegedly ignored requests from the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre (CIAPC) to pay a €600 fine to settle piracy charges. The Finnish detective at the head of the investigation told MTV3 that his department has “decided to end the criminal investigation, because CIAPC has waived the penalty claims,” so it seems that CIAPC had a pretty good idea of how bad the optics of this case were. The report makes no mention of when the girl might get her “Winnie the Pooh” laptop back.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.