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Jury penalises music file-sharer

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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
A court in the US has ordered a woman to pay $222,000 (£109,000) in damages for illegally file-sharing music.

The jury ordered Jammie Thomas, 32, from Minnesota, to pay for offering to share 24 specific songs online - a cost of $9,250 per song .

Record companies said she had illegally shared a total of 1,702 songs.

Ms Thomas, who denied the charges, was the first person accused of illegal file-sharing who decided to fight the case in court.

Each year, millions of households illegally share music files, and the music industry takes it as a serious threat to its revenue.

About 26,000 lawsuits have been filed against alleged file-sharers, but most defendants settle privately by paying damages amounting to a few thousand dollars.

Industry defiant

However, contesting the charge and losing will cost Jammie Thomas almost a quarter of a million dollars


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7029229.stm more..........
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Wow gutted.
#2
Under UK law there is probably a much lower maximum threshold for copyright infringements but I don't know what it is offhand. Under the law they have to write to you about your infringement(s) and then you are generally given 28 days to stop doing whatever you are doing. Then they can (if they feel it necessary) claim for royalties / damages - I can't see a British Court awarding this level of damages for such a small number of breaches. We are gradually going towards the US levels of 'claim culture' but we haven't reached the ridiculous .... yet. :whistling:
#3
Kazaa.......thats been a while lol

Over here they dont really bother unless you are sharing it out to a lot of people.
If you just download and dont share, then they dont bother that much over here.

They are money grabbing scum anyway.
They copy protect CD's so you cant copy them (to an mp3 player)
You have to buy the mp3, which might not work with any new/different manufacturers mp3 players.
Usual **** and money making from the companies making you buy it in every form they change to, so they make money out the same thing.
Buy it in Vinyl, oh no its Cassettes now, oh look its CD's now, oh look its mp3's.
The UK industry finally officially "allowed" us to copy our cd's onto our mp3 players.
If we own it, we should be allowed to do what we want with it, plain as.
Its like buy all your mp3's, then find out the copy protection wont let it work if you buy a new make of mp3 player, so you got to buy it all again.

Thats why people pirate, no copy protection so they can play it how, where and when they want.
#4
No, people pirate because its free.

Yarr.
#5
would it not be the same when i used to record singles off the radio for my cassette player when i was a kid, also when my mate lends me a cd is that not the same as file sharing???
#6
ilovepink
would it not be the same when i used to record singles off the radio for my cassette player when i was a kid, also when my mate lends me a cd is that not the same as file sharing???



Yes it is the same but on a much larger scale and that is the problem.
banned#8
ilovepink
would it not be the same when i used to record singles off the radio for my cassette player when i was a kid, also when my mate lends me a cd is that not the same as file sharing???


I guess the main difference is the fact (a) you probably bought the CD in the first place and (b) the recording and sharing you mention wasnt available to a billion people!!!

None the less its a crazy decision. Whats worse, mugging an old lady or this? The worlds crazy and the money men rule. The old lady has no real rights - but dont mess with this guys - 'cos this is real serious crime!

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