Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a single mother of four, was found liable by a jury on Wednesday of copyright infringement for using KaZaA peer-to-peer file-sharing network to download the songs over the internet.
She was ordered to pay $US62,500 ($A62,303.74) for each of the 24 songs, a total of $US1.5 million ($A1.5 million) dollars.
Oh, shit, did I say being held accountable? I mean having their lives ruined. Haha, my bad.
$US62,500.00 per song. I doubt the bands that recorded those 24 tracks made that much money off of their songs, excluding Concert ticket sales, of course. I'm all for paying people for their hard work, however I'm also for letting the punishment fit the crime. Placing someone under so much debt that they'll never outlive it doesn't seem like a fitting punishment to me.
Wow....just wow. That shit makes me even sicker than normal. The unabashed greed of the system here is just too overwhelming. I understand they're trying to set an example, just like Metallica did to that little girl's parents they sued because she downloaded some MP3's a handful of years ago, but there should come a point when even ,make that Especially, a judge.....should say something like...
"Look, she broke the law, she should be punished and made to pay, but let's actually fine her something she'll be able to afford to pay off some time this CENTURY!"
....but of course no, no judge would say that in a court of "law", that might make them look almost human instead of being the corporate ass-hat douchebag lackeys that they really are. Judges and Lawyers all make way more money than they really deserve for what they do, and of course lawyers can be bought by corporations, and if you think a judge can't be "bought" or "swayed" to set a precedent so he can look "tough on crime" then you're more naive than I thought (not you Don, I mean "people" in general). Cases like this one should scream to the public that our so called "legal" system is nothing more than a puppet machine made to make the rich even richer while the common person is labeled as a criminal and slapped with outrageous fines and punishments that don't come anywhere near actually being a fit punishment for the crime that was committed.
Justice, in this country as it is in so many others, can be bought and paid for and is generally only any good for you if you already have loads of money to afford a lawyer. Poor people get shafted by laws they don't fully understand, they can't afford proper defense, they're lives are ruined, and for what?!?! Justice??? HA!!!
People's lives are being ruined for Money, not Justice. Real Justice went out of style when the townsfolk were told they couldn't wear they're six shooters in town anymore.
How anyone could think this is right or not be appalled by this is beyond me.