June 19, 2009

Jury rules against Minn. woman in download case - $1.92 million/24 songs: Exorbitant fine or just desert?
  • I think the fine should've been 192,168,100,1 dollars.
  • I can understand why the record industry would want to spend so much money trying a case that will result in no direct financial gain from the defendant. But what I can't understand is why the jury would possibly award them that much money.
  • "grossly excessive punitive damage awards violate the Due Process clause of the U.S. Constitution." http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/06/record-labels-awarde The RIAA claims they do this for the artists. But artists have never seen any of the money that has been collected on their behalf. All blank media has a built in tax that goes to the RIAA. Artists have never seen a penny.
  • Is it a crime to bet on sporting events?!!
  • Fuck the RIAA. Buy used! (That way you support your local businesses and / or petty thieves.)
  • Hey, around here our local businesses practice petty (and gross) thievery. I can support both!