Some of you might remember an incident last fall in Finland, when the computer of a small child was confiscated when she allegedly had downloaded ONE song of the finnish artist Chisu?
The girl’s father refused to pay the 800€ (if my memory serves me right) plus sign the non-disclosure agreement requested. The result: police crashed in, also trying to get the father to pay and took the computer, and the whole thing was all over the place in the press.
Here is a link (in Finnish) to one story YLE, our national broadcasting company, did on the matter.
As the whole thing was so out of proportion as can be, it caused quite a roar in the national papers – and I think it also made the international headlines.
The organization pursuing this was The Anti-Piracy Centre of Finland (TTVK); defending their actions in the name of copyright (although the artist would not get one cent of the demanded 800€). There had been dozens of other cases where the “accused” had quitely paid the sum requested and signed the non-disclosure deal.
I agree, copyright is an important concept and it should be protected to our best abilities.
The part I don’t understand
But here it gets confusing. The same TTVK runs a website piraattilahti.fi
Now, do I understand this correctly: the very same organization is running a website where you can access torrets freely? Which they claim is totally legal?
(Edit: Which, when I look at it a bit more later, is sort of irony/parody… of a pirate ship sinking… yeah,yeah… I know, don’t tell me a joke now or I laugh in the church on Sunday)
But I am even more surprised when I look at the source code of this website, it’s CSS section: it looks like it’s copy-pasted from the CSS of the Swedish Pirate Bay.
The screengrab on the right is from their main page and the CSS-page it links to at the top of this post.
Those not familiar with coding: CSS is a part of the code which controls the formatting, i.e. how a website looks like. It is not actual content (text, sound, pics) but instructions how those elements should be laid on a page.
So here is my dilemma: there is something ironic (at least to my mind) when the very instance who is pretending to defend copyright rips off code from Pirate Bay Sweden – which is the “source of all evil” in their rhetoric – to run their own site.
Maybe I just don’t understand… Or maybe it has nothing to do with copyright, it’s just good way to run business?
(Edit: please read the first comment. But there’s still sort of irony to it…)