The great anti-piracy argument is that it's stealing from the artist.
You wouldn't nick a bike or break into someone's house, so why would you listen to their music or watch their acting without paying?
It's a great argument right up to the point where statistics turn out to be bogus, and those artists who put their work freely in the public domain report that it actually has a beneficial effect. People who otherwise wouldn't bother checking them out become fans through casual exposure. But these are all debates for another article. Right now, let's stick with how this is working out for Chisu.
On the one hand, great! As an artist who sings solely in the Finnish language, she's not exactly Psy gone Gangnam Style. She is huge in her own country. The publicity of this case has made her name internationally recognized. But not quite for all of the right reasons.
Above is a screenshot from one of the deluge landing on her Facebook profile. I carefully selected it, as it's one of the few with language clean enough to appear on Wizzley. It pretty much sets the tone for all of the others though.
I didn't spot a single counter-argument from a fan, which I would have expected given her popularity. Though, when the story first broke, there were plenty in evidence.
Chisu has had to respond. She's taken to writing, in Finnish and in English, comments which distance her from the raid upon her fan's home. "Of course I didn't want to sue." She told fans on Facebook. Then later, "I hope that the matter will be resolved soon, and on behalf of the 9-year-old girl, my apologies."
She also pointed out that she had no direct knowledge of the raid being done in her name. The CEO of her record label, Warner Music Finland, Niko Nordström was prompted to write a statement on her behalf. It confirmed that she knew nothing about it and warned that it was 'unreasonable that she is being picked on' about it.
In yet another post, Chisu has directed fans to Spotify, where some of her tracks can be legally listened to free of charge.
Meanwhile, it seems like half of the internet is on her Facebook profile, launching personal attacks upon her moral values and demanding that she see the girl right, either with a new lap-top, a visit or intervening to get the charges dropped.
Unfortunately, there is little that Chisu can do about it. Joonas Mäkinen, from The Pirate Party in Finland, explained to Torrentfreak that copyright issues are centralized in his country. The demand for money and the raid may have been done in Chisu's name, but she did not order it. Nor could she stop it now.