Minn woman who lost in first US music...

Minn woman who lost in first US music downloading trial gets a ...

There are 14 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 13, 2009, titled Minn woman who lost in first US music downloading trial gets a .... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

This Oct. 4, 2007 file photo shows Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Brainerd, Minn., outside federal court in Duluth, Minn.

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Money for Nothing

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Jun 13, 2009
When the RIAA stops persecuting its customers, I'll start buying CDs again.
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#3 Jun 14, 2009
If I wrtite and record a song, you cannot have it without paying for it.

It's not cool, it's not the wave of the future...it's STEALING.

Don't tell me that the industry is making a mistake and that filesharing is the way of the future.

Don't tell me that people may be turned off by my attitude and not buy my music.

That is OK with me.

Real simple, if you download music without paying for it, it is stealing.

Yes, a band such as Coldplay may choose to offer their music for free. That is there choice.

My choice is to get paid for my work. It is My choice, not yours.

Don't steal. And don't use flowery rhetoric to cover up what you are actually doing when you fileshare.

You are stealing.
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#4 Jun 14, 2009
Oops, my bad re: Coldplay...it is "their" choice.
meathead

United States

#5 Jun 14, 2009
I guess maybe we should all listen to radio with our headphones so the person next to us dont get to hear it without buying their own radio.

Since: Apr 09

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Jun 14, 2009
The music industry is OVERPAID and charge their fans way too much money. Charging us $75.00 average for a concert ticket is STEALING. How can you go from a $14.50 ticket in 1984 to over $100 now? Yeah Bratz, screw your theory. CD prices and average $16.99 in a mall music store? Please. The music industry screwed themselves. File sharing is the best thing that happened to music. No more buying 1 CD for 1 song and the rest stink.

Your gonna tell me Mr Bratz that you never made a tape in the 80's of mixed songs? Technically stealing according to RIAA. I'm sure you passed that tape to a friend. We all did it.

Have some cheese with your whine. File sharing is the same as what Obama is doing. Redistributing wealth.
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#8 Jun 14, 2009
agnostic conservative wrote:
The music industry is OVERPAID and charge their fans way too much money. Charging us $75.00 average for a concert ticket is STEALING. How can you go from a $14.50 ticket in 1984 to over $100 now? Yeah Bratz, screw your theory. CD prices and average $16.99 in a mall music store? Please. The music industry screwed themselves. File sharing is the best thing that happened to music. No more buying 1 CD for 1 song and the rest stink.
Your gonna tell me Mr Bratz that you never made a tape in the 80's of mixed songs? Technically stealing according to RIAA. I'm sure you passed that tape to a friend. We all did it.
Have some cheese with your whine. File sharing is the same as what Obama is doing. Redistributing wealth.
Yes, made a FAIR USE mix tape...no Never made it available to thousands.

BTW, if you are a "conservative" what about free market capitalism--i.e. charging what the market will bear? Many tours with $100 ticket prices sell out. If you can't afford it, don't go. I can't afford a second house in the Keys, yet I am not whining about it.

You share my music and you are STEALING...

...what don't you get about that?
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#9 Jun 14, 2009
agnostic conservative wrote:
The music industry is OVERPAID and charge their fans way too much money. Charging us $75.00 average for a concert ticket is STEALING. How can you go from a $14.50 ticket in 1984 to over $100 now? Yeah Bratz, screw your theory. CD prices and average $16.99 in a mall music store? Please. The music industry screwed themselves. File sharing is the best thing that happened to music. No more buying 1 CD for 1 song and the rest stink.
Your gonna tell me Mr Bratz that you never made a tape in the 80's of mixed songs? Technically stealing according to RIAA. I'm sure you passed that tape to a friend. We all did it.
Have some cheese with your whine. File sharing is the same as what Obama is doing. Redistributing wealth.
Yo, Conservative boy,

I guess with that handle of yours that that you are a supporter of President Obama.

My goodness, what will all of your tighty whitey friends thank?
Observer

Belton, SC

#10 Jun 14, 2009
There is some recent data that suggests that the music industry does not lose money from downloading so the basis of the fines is bogus. Essentially people have only a certain amount of money to spend, if you didn't download you wouldn't buy the music, so they have lost nothing. It appears gaming is taking much more of the entertainment dollar.

This was about CD sales. For several years, I would travel for business every week, by plane. I only met one other person that used a CD player. CD's came and went, replaced by the iPod.
MikeP

Hialeah, FL

#12 Jun 14, 2009
The whole problem stemmed from a failing business model. The costs of the CD's were higher than the market would tolerate and executives colluded to keep the prices high.. A new hit CD for $19.99 or $24.99 that costs almost nothing to make! Rediculous. The recording industry fought hard against offering music downloads for a reasonable fee..such as by services like iTunes (Claimed it would destroy their industry.) If they would have embraced this model sooner the illegal downloads would have been minimal and their profits significant.

It's not right to steal but if people had not of downloaded music the industry would not have changed and Apple would not be where it is today.. We may have never even seen the i-phone.
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#13 Jun 14, 2009
MikeP wrote:
The whole problem stemmed from a failing business model. The costs of the CD's were higher than the market would tolerate and executives colluded to keep the prices high.. A new hit CD for $19.99 or $24.99 that costs almost nothing to make! Rediculous. The recording industry fought hard against offering music downloads for a reasonable fee..such as by services like iTunes (Claimed it would destroy their industry.) If they would have embraced this model sooner the illegal downloads would have been minimal and their profits significant.
It's not right to steal but if people had not of downloaded music the industry would not have changed and Apple would not be where it is today.. We may have never even seen the i-phone.
It's not right to steal But...?!?

I don't care what Apple did or did not do.

Are you saying the ends justifies the means?

If stealing is OK, where did you park your car? I hope it's nice...I like nice cars.
OLD PRO

Boca Raton, FL

#14 Jun 14, 2009
Bratz wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not right to steal But...?!?
I don't care what Apple did or did not do.
Are you saying the ends justifies the means?
If stealing is OK, where did you park your car? I hope it's nice...I like nice cars.
Come on smartass, My car is nice and I have it loaded with downloaded music! It will be parked in Delray Beach behind Bostons restuarant tonight between 7 pm and 9:30 pm! Its blue a Vette and valet will have the key!
Bratz

Oldsmar, FL

#15 Jun 14, 2009
OLD PRO wrote:
<quoted text>Come on smartass, My car is nice and I have it loaded with downloaded music! It will be parked in Delray Beach behind Bostons restuarant tonight between 7 pm and 9:30 pm! Its blue a Vette and valet will have the key!
So it's OK if I steal it?

Apparently you think stealing is OK? Or were you threatening me? If so, maybe you should be threatened with jail time when you steal music.
MikeP

Hialeah, FL

#16 Jun 14, 2009
Bratz wrote:
<quoted text>
It's not right to steal But...?!?
I don't care what Apple did or did not do.
Are you saying the ends justifies the means?
If stealing is OK, where did you park your car? I hope it's nice...I like nice cars.
LOL.. Not saying violating the law is necessarily ok, although there are cases of such that could be argued as historically socially benefitting thus now considered retrospectively acceptable. My point was that the industry failed itself by not adjusting to changing times and technology. Customers reacted in a (wrong) manner and that resulted in forcing the industry to respond and as a result society moved forward. More an observational But..:) Now to debate.. If I am stupid and park my car in downtown Miami with the door unlocked and keys in it.. There is a strong chance it would get stolen and that would be my own stupidity. It may be wrong but the market would have responded in a manner punishing to me and I would learn not to do it anymore. Same here..It just took the recording industry a million cars worth to learn better.
Dave

Oviedo, FL

#17 Jun 14, 2009
No worries, soon the RIAA will dictate whether or not you may have Internet access.

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