said by NormanS: said by red2 :
In the US, I suspect that this would provoke cries that this was entrapment.
I wonder ... "Entrapment" is clearly a legal theory in criminal law, but can it work in civil law?
I have no knowledge of the laws of Finland, but IF the police arrived doesn't that automatically indicate that this was considered a penal offense (criminal)?
If your neighbor steals something from you, you can call the police. If you and your neighbor have a business dispute, you can't and have to go to court to settle it.
I'm guessing that this was considered penal. If this were an issue for civil law, as you rightly pointed out, you'd have to prove damages. What damages could there possibly be for a fake file? The MPAA and the RIAA continually make the claim that you distribute the file to others who then distribute to yet others, and so on, and so they claim damages based on this exponential diffusion. However, if the file is fake, it stops with the first user. Therefore, there are no damages.
I would think that IF there is a civil liberties association in Finland, they'd have a great case here.