Bittorrent Pirate to pay $1.5M

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Ten movies cost pirate $1.5M.

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It’s about time for him to go and rob a bank.

Was he able to get his $49.95 subscription fee returned on a Satisified-No-Questions-Asked basis?

This is just so hilarious, though. Thinking with their heads.

Most small-time porn sites wont’ make 1.5 million dollars in their lifetime, let alone from a copyright lawsuit.

Copyright law is definitely getting out of control. What’s the average US salary? 50 or 60k per year? They’re basically sentencing him to 20-30 years of servitude.

I think its a cruel and unusual punishment (and the punishment doesn’t fit the crime). White Collar crime gets off easier then pirating.

Eighth Amendment-

Excessive fines clause is a clause of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which prohibits the imposition of excessive fines. Excessive fines clause limits the government’s power to extract payments, whether in cash or in kind, as punishment for an offense. The touchstone of the constitutional inquiry under the excessive fines clause is the principle of proportionality. The amount of the forfeiture must bear some relationship to the gravity of the offense that it is designed to punish.
A punitive forfeiture violates the excessive fines clause if it is grossly disproportional to the gravity of a defendant’s offense.

One may in theory use this as an argument in a U.S Court I’m not sure however folks are probably not educated about this law.