Court upholds file-swapping fine

By Derek Sooman on December 13, 2005, 7:01 PM
A Federal Appeals Court has upheld the ruling that a Chicago woman who downloaded songs for free from the Kazaa file-sharing network must pay a $22,500 fine to the record labels. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected Cecilia Gonzalez' arguments that she was merely "sampling" downloaded music. The court likened Gonzalez' downloading of the music to shoplifting.

Gonzalez, who rejected a settlement of between $3,000 and $4,000 that the RIAA had offered earlier, downloaded at least 1,370 copyrighted songs and kept them on her computer until she was caught. The bulk of those came from CDs she had purchased, she claimed.
The Appeals Court upheld the notion that, as illegal P2P swapping of music has exploded, so have sales of recorded music dropped.

"Perhaps other economic factors contributed, but the events likely are related."

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mrprimo55 said:
To me it seems ridiculous that she would even try to fight this case by saying that "she was merely 'sampling' downloaded music." Sampling or not, she downloaded thousands of songs for free. It seems even more ridiculous that people still think they can get away with this, with it being on the news and everything. And if you ask me its a hell of a lot easier to buy music from say iTunes than to download Limewire and have to search for a song of decent quality, and for one that hasn't been scrambled.
phantasm66 said:
I think that downloading music from the internet for free is as easy as pie...
mkatz2m said:
I do not like the music companies since they are communistic in the way they are organized. They keep the price of music so high by eliminating all competition through intimidation. They would not have to worry so much about people sharing music if they charged a reasonable charge of less than .50 per mp3 record with no restrictions. If I could buy a non-restrictive .mp3 for something like .25 a piece, I bet no one would share anymore; since it is so affordable and perfect. I don't ever share any music; since why should I give away something I paid for? I really would like to just one music company break away from the cartel and try what I suggest. I feel sorry for the woman in this article actually. She never sold anything she got for free and probably she would never buy the music anyway; so the music companies really did not lose any money anyway. Did she even share this music? If not, I feel very sorry for her.
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