Attorney: Brainerd woman won't pay for sharing songs

A Minnesota woman ordered to pay $1.5 million for sharing songs online is not planning to pay the recording industry, as her attorneys argue the award is not in line with actual harm suffered. Full Story
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pffft

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 4, 2010
Why is this woman the only one being per - I mean - prosecuted for this? And 1.5 million? Don't we have something in our constitution about excessive punishments?

Since: Jan 09

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Nov 4, 2010
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
They are NUTS

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 4, 2010
They have got to be kidding. First of all why do they think this is the only person to have done this? If I were her I'd quit my job and tell them to take a flying leap. I can just hear the trash talk in jail. "What you in for?" "Down loading and sharing songs." In the real world she should have to pay the price of the CD the song was on. This is a much more real fine.
Hazen

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Nov 4, 2010
While I believe that there should be a fine of some kind, submitting this woman to pay such an absurdly high fine seems both unjust and cruel in the extreme. Because of what can be viewed as a minor mistake that many people have done, to literally ruin this woman financially comes across as especially mean-spirited. This is NOT Tom Petters or Denny Hecker here.
Taco

Hopkins, MN

#5 Nov 4, 2010
This woman probably earns $20k a year, if that. BTJunkie.org shows 7.5 million p2p current users. This lady didn't evenprofit from her actions. She probably purchased music at some point in her life, and ripped off for spending $20 on a crappy tape that cost $1 to make. Get with the times!
Taco

Hopkins, MN

#6 Nov 4, 2010
Go_Ponies wrote:
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
You're a fool!
Dan Wesson Guy

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Nov 4, 2010
This fine is ridiculous. Yes, she broke the law and she didn't settle her case for several thousand dollars like most of the other people caught in similar circumstances. What would they fine someone on the streets of NY for selling bootleg CDs or DVDs? Let's get real here.
Get A Grip

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Nov 4, 2010
I hope they push this unbelievable ruling to the Supreme Court and correct this abuse of power.

Since: Jan 09

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Nov 4, 2010
Taco wrote:
<quoted text>You're a fool!
Because I think people are accountable when they break the law? Then I guess, by your definition, you're right.
Get A Grip

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Nov 4, 2010
Go_Ponies wrote:
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
Hope you have a horrible life too..........a hole!
Truthfully

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Nov 4, 2010
Hazen wrote:
While I believe that there should be a fine of some kind, submitting this woman to pay such an absurdly high fine seems both unjust and cruel in the extreme. Because of what can be viewed as a minor mistake that many people have done, to literally ruin this woman financially comes across as especially mean-spirited. This is NOT Tom Petters or Denny Hecker here.
If you put the same punishment on the rich you would have sentences of a trillion years, but they are special people..........
Justin

United States

#12 Nov 4, 2010
At $62,500 per song, divide by $20 an album is 3,125 albums. The prosecution should have to prove her albums prevented the sales of that many albums for every song she shared.

Yes she broke the law, as I'm sure many others have. but Dan Wesson Guy is right, this is more on par with people selling bootlegs on the streets. I think something like $100 per song is far more reasonable, yet still punitive enough to deter this action.
Annie

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Nov 4, 2010
Go_Ponies wrote:
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
It's not that simple... there is no precedent for her case.
Sharina

Wayzata, MN

#14 Nov 4, 2010
Go_Ponies wrote:
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
There's such as thing as oversimplifying and looks like you have cornered the market on that. Hope you and everyone in your life is perfect. Have a good one....
The Editor

Park Forest, IL

#15 Nov 4, 2010
Obviously we are not getting the whole story.

Good Job PP.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#17 Nov 4, 2010
What is it they have against this one particular woman? She must have money we don't know about, or she wouldn't be appealing and they wouldn't keep going back to court to sue her.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#18 Nov 4, 2010
Go_Ponies wrote:
You broke the law. You got caught. You pay the price. It's that simple, lady.
He's on the jury and being paid by the recording industry on the side.
Come On Now

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 4, 2010
Good for her! I wouldn't pay them a damn thing either. They have taken this way too far! As many have said here, she didn't do anything different then many people are still doing today. Maybe if the recording industry didn't charge so much for their music in the first place, people wouldn't take it from the internet where it's there for the taking! Breaking the law? BIG DEAL! Jaywalking is breaking the law too. And what she did was akin to jaywalking, as I see it.
Margaritaville

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Nov 4, 2010
I wish murderers where fined like this...

26 songs... How many people did she trade/sell to?
If she shared them with 1000 people, I can see it add up. they are obviously setting the precident with her and want to show the nation that *if* you get caught doing this you will have to pay, big time!! Is that right? I am not sure.. Like her saying she refuses to pay why would she?
Fime banruptsy and be done with it...
I don't think they truly got what they should have for her "crime".. I believe it would have been better handled with a smaller fine and community service.. But that is just me..

“Ahhhh hee ahw”

Since: Aug 09

Twin Cities

#21 Nov 4, 2010
RIAA never proved that those who downloaded didn't already own the songs, so the lawyer is right - this award is unconstitutional and SHE deserves millions from RIAA for malicious persecution

This is all the music industrys fault for being so stingy and backward on technology.

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