Judge slashes Thomas-Rasset's $1.5m punishment to $54,000

By Matthew
Jul 22, 2011
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  1. The infamous saga between Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the RIAA continued today following an update in pair's third trial. Having already been found guilty of willful copyright infringement in 2007 and…

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  2. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Why don't they just charge the same amount you would be charged for say stealing a cd or 2 from a store? Physical copies cost more to make yet have steeper penalty?
  3. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,977   +15

    Yeah thats a pretty good point and I guess it would also be under willful copyright infringement.
  4. mishmosh

    mishmosh TS Rookie

    If pirating is stealing, shouldn't the punishments be equated with stealing and nut in the hundreds of thousands or millions? If I steal a cd from borders, would I have to pay $80,000 for each song on it as penalty?
  5. Eddo22

    Eddo22 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +6

    Dear courts: $54000 "is appalling".

    From: Someone who can't stand greed.
  6. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TS Guru Posts: 571   +112

    I want to know how they came up with this figure.

    "LimeWire and the RIAA finally put the suit to rest with a $105 million settlement."

    Limewire allowed the distribution of literally millions of songs. Even if Limewire only distributed 1 million songs, That would only be $105 per song. Jamie Thomas only 24 if I remember correctly. She has to pay $2250 per song. While I am not saying either party was right in what they were doing, shouldn't there be a little consistency in the penalties?

    Yes I know,who said life was fair, but still..
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,142   +483

    the really question is will hackers have a heart for this guy or not?
  8. herpaderp

    herpaderp TS Booster Posts: 150

    First, it's a woman, and second, wat?
  9. So this settlement was awarded by a jury of our "peers"? Unfortunately, anybody with a pulse is considered my peer.
  10. Where is anonymous?
  11. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    Any finding not favoring the wealthiest party will probably be overturned by the corporate lawyers posing as "justices" in the current Corporate Supreme Court.
  12. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 220   +14

    All I can say is wow. The gov't is taking this to a whole new lvl

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