Student fined $675,000 for illegal downloads

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    Piracy Verdict Gets Student Fined $675,000 -- File-Sharing -- InformationWeek

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    That's harsh. 24 songs? Wow, that's what.......a couple of bucks? I guess it adds up.
     
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    good luck collecting it is all I have to say, these companies know damn well they cannot collect those kinds of damages from the average people they seek to recoup their so called loses from. This is all about sending a message to any would-be downloader in the future that they tend to crackdown on this issue. If thats the case then why not go after the sites that permit such downloading in the first place. While the artist deserve money for their craft, the companies that represent them need to focus their efforts on the sites that allow for these sorts of downloads rather than going after the fans, because soon these same artist may find a severe lack of fans as well.
     
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    It's too bad this kid gets slammed so hard, but with all the new technology being produced to do this stuff, the companies who offer this equipment need to share in the suit. Secondly, the producers of this music need to get slammed for making this illegal action available to the kids in the first place. With new innovations, these companies can easily block this illegal downloading. If they choose not to, they are just opening themselves up to illegal downloading. So, who do I blame? The music industry.
     
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    I don't understand how they could possibly charge $150,000 per downloaded song when you can legally obtain a song for $.99. If anything they should only have to pay the retail price per song and perhaps a small fine. However, I don't believe in intellectual property in the first place so I don't believe there should be any fine at all.
     
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    Not a single one of the 50,000+ songs were illegally downloaded off the internet.
     

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    They slapped him with this amount because he stole the songs. No different than if he had gone into a store and stolen the cds.

    There shouldn't be any fine for stealing songs because songs are intellectual property?
     
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    It's very different. If you go into a store and steal a cd you've physically stolen the property of the store. Not so if you download a song.

    Yes, songs are intellectual property, and I don't believe in intellectual property.
     
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    OK, that's interesting.
    I wonder how many people have been fined $675,000 for shoplifting $30 worth of CD's from a music store.
     

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