[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/07/z6tESb.jpg[/newsimage]The first US resident to have a trial, verdict and penalty completed for a file sharing lawsuit is seeing a bit of relief today. Last year a court found Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable for $1.5 million, which works out to $62,500 per song for each track she shared on peer-to-peer network, KaZaA. Today a judge called that penalty "appalling" and reduced it to $54,000 or $2,250 per song. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/judge-reduces-file-sharing-judgement-from-1-5-million-to-54000-49024/](http://www.myce.com/news/judge-reduces-file-sharing-judgement-from-1-5-million-to-54000-49024/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Still 2000x more than the purchase price of each track. So if I physically stole a $1 bag of chips from a Quickie Mart and was found guilty would I get fined over $2000?
[QUOTE=ilnot1;2597734]Still 2000x more than the purchase price of each track. So if I physically stole a $1 bag of chips from a Quickie Mart and was found guilty would I get fined over $2000?[/QUOTE]
Yea, But if you stole 2 or 3 bags of chips your fine would still be $2000…
As I’m sure everyone wants to see these rediculous cases go away forever…
And I know EXACTLY how to do it.
while the RIAA has standing to bring the cases their policy of KEEPING the money that is due to the clients (musicians) they represent is what fuels these extortionist cases and is the flaw in the whole process.
So you get a court to rule that the RIAA, Record companies and the lawyers COMBINED can only keep 33% of any judgement award and the balance be promptly provided to the Artists that they allegedly represent
and the who legal fiction that they are “representing the artists” will unravel.
Remove the profit motive and it’ll all just go away…