Brainerd woman owes $1.92 million for...

Brainerd woman owes $1.92 million for illegally sharing 24 song...

There are 89 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jun 19, 2009, titled Brainerd woman owes $1.92 million for illegally sharing 24 song.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

A replay of the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial ended the same as the first, with a Minnesota woman found to have violated music copyrights and ordered to pay hefty damages to the recording industry.

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guy

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jun 19, 2009
How stupid.
Mr Secant

Maple Grove, MN

#3 Jun 19, 2009
guy wrote:
How stupid.
Exactly right! How stupid is American justice when a penalty of $80,000.00 a song is levied against it's citizenry on behalf of a corporate enititie?

Sounds like a good idea to some, until you or your kids are caught up in something like this.
NoDoubt

Maple Grove, MN

#5 Jun 19, 2009
American Justice

Donte Stallworth Kills while driving drunk gets 30 days in jail. Cheny/Scooter Libby sells out a CIA agent gets O days in jail but have 24 songs illegally held and you owe over a million dollars?
Something is terribly wrong here.........
Tired

United States

#6 Jun 19, 2009
Once again the US legal system becomes a world wide laughing stock. Life in prison would be as appropriate for this woman, and a more attainable goal. LOL

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#7 Jun 19, 2009
Tired wrote:
Once again the US legal system becomes a world wide laughing stock. Life in prison would be as appropriate for this woman, and a more attainable goal. LOL
Nothing in MN surprises me anymore, when people elect Ventura and Franken!
linokid

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Jun 19, 2009
shame on the music industry is what I say. I understand people need to get paid for their work but with this kind of crap (80 grand a song the jury was made up of who, prince)I will never buy another cd the rest of my days.
Old White Guy

United States

#9 Jun 19, 2009
At least she did'nt get the electric chair.
Buzz Lightly

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jun 19, 2009
Obviously a jury of rocks-for-brains.
Linus Sweden

Trelleborg, Sweden

#11 Jun 19, 2009
24 TeenyWeeny songs? For f... sake. Arn't drugdealers more important to catch?. Here in sweden, we must pay nearly 200 swedish kronor for a cd. No f.... way, when you can get that for free. If you want to talk about this, right to me on msn, [email protected] Have a nice day
The Big Bopper

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Jun 19, 2009
I'm curious... how does a woman who barely makes enough be able to pay this amount? How does the court expect her to pay and if she doesn't, will they put her in jail?
mbalsimo45

Corvallis, OR

#13 Jun 19, 2009
This kind of stuff is going on all over the world with fake cd's and yet there is nothing happening to these people.The industry does'nt have enough money in there pockets yet? Instead of wasting the courts time with this garbage why not use the courts time for oh I don't no maybe drunk drivers,BIG DEAL! she downloaded music...if it's on the internet it's free as far as I'm concerned...not on a c.d. which would be a copyright infringement...The court system don't help the poor just the rich!
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jun 19, 2009
NoDoubt wrote:
American Justice
Donte Stallworth Kills while driving drunk gets 30 days in jail. Cheny/Scooter Libby sells out a CIA agent gets O days in jail but have 24 songs illegally held and you owe over a million dollars?
Something is terribly wrong here.........
Those other crimes didn't involve money. Money is what's worshiped in this country today.

When Tyson was sentenced six years for rape there was a guy at the same prison who was serving a 40 year sentence. What had been his offense? Embezzlement.

It's all about money.
Skippy

River Falls, WI

#16 Jun 19, 2009
Mr Secant wrote:
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Exactly right! How stupid is American justice when a penalty of $80,000.00 a song is levied against it's citizenry on behalf of a corporate enititie?
Sounds like a good idea to some, until you or your kids are caught up in something like this.
What do you do for a living? Mind if I come and steal your work/product?

She knowingly broke the law, a law that everyone over the age of ten should know about.

Almost $2 mil for just 24 songs...I bet it's making a lot of people think right now.
other side

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jun 19, 2009
As the mom of a rock star, I have to say that my kid deserves to be paid as do all other artists and music industry folks who work hard for a living. Do I think making an example of someone with no assets or resources is a good idea? Only if it is a deterrent to others or somehow secures against future theft - and I don't think that will happen.
Good thing you people were not on the jury... They might not have won this imaginary award - or you might see things differently.
Bootsontheroad

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Jun 19, 2009
When are they going after the Chinese for pirating the music and movies. I guess it is easier to pick on average citizen. BTW, what is next, they goingto start stopping every car with a CD palyer to see if the kid that is driving it paid for the CD in the player. Kids have been ripping music on computer and building a CD for years. I my day, each of us woudl buy an album, record it to cassette and share with each other.

People here are absolutely right, it is all about the money.
Bootsontheroad

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jun 19, 2009
Skippy wrote:
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What do you do for a living? Mind if I come and steal your work/product?
She knowingly broke the law, a law that everyone over the age of ten should know about.
Almost $2 mil for just 24 songs...I bet it's making a lot of people think right now.
Tell it to Ford the company that ripped off the guy that developed the intermitent windshield siper control. Then GM ripped it from them. You must be one of those E-Bay store selling knock off product from China.
Bootsontheroad

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jun 19, 2009
other side wrote:
As the mom of a rock star, I have to say that my kid deserves to be paid as do all other artists and music industry folks who work hard for a living. Do I think making an example of someone with no assets or resources is a good idea? Only if it is a deterrent to others or somehow secures against future theft - and I don't think that will happen.
Good thing you people were not on the jury... They might not have won this imaginary award - or you might see things differently.
Guess you do not shop at Walmart nor Target then.
oops

Longview, TX

#21 Jun 19, 2009
She should've just took the original settlement. People that pirate music are no different than those that loot stores after a hurricane. just because everyone else is doing it, or you don't think you can get caught, does not make it right.
Never enough

Eden Prairie, MN

#22 Jun 19, 2009
The record companies have no plans to collect all $2 million from her. This case was to set an example. I am on the side of the working people, in this case, the artists and their support people who deserve to be paid for their work.
Soliah H8ter

Hopkins, MN

#23 Jun 19, 2009
What a joke. I am happy that she was convicted of the crime. But the restitution is an absolute farce. The legal system is so f'ed up that a rapist gets two years in prison but this lady is supposed to pay $80K per song that she shared. This gives no credibility to our court system (not that they deserve it)>

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