Supreme Court rejects Minnesota woman...

Supreme Court rejects Minnesota woman's appeal of $222,000 penalty in music downloading case

There are 5 comments on the washingtonpost.com story from Mar 18, 2013, titled Supreme Court rejects Minnesota woman's appeal of $222,000 penalty in music downloading case. In it, washingtonpost.com reports that:

The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music.

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#2 Mar 18, 2013
Take it to the Supreme Court, this is nothing but recording industry-engineered robbery. The fine is grotesquely out of line with any suposed 'crime' committed here.

An aging industry rapidly becoming irrelevant merely seeks to grab what it can while it can, before it retreats into obscurity. What a disgrace.

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#4 Mar 18, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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Theft is not a crime?
I didn't SAY it wasn't, did I? But there's a question about whether downloading music which someone ELSE has paid for is a "crime" or not, though. A very BIG question, in the minds of some of us.

However, let's say it is. Is letting the recording industry in effect set the penalties for this "crime" a fair and legal thing to do? Is the fine not extremely excessive?

Clearly IMO it is.

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#6 Mar 18, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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I don't believe there is a question, as it has been ruled it is piracy. We can quibble over the definition of piracy being theft if you want :) LOL
To your last, I agree. RIAA should not be the ones dictating the "fine" or penalty.
I have insufficient information on the case to determine if her fine is excessive or not. How much music/video was illegally obtained? At what cost does it equate?
It may have been "ruled" that way, but I strongly disagree. Still, courts tend to protect corporate entities in America.

"At what cost" indeed. Would someone who "stole" a $.99 trinket from a store be fined over $200,000.00 for the act? A lot of songs if not most legally download at the former price...

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#8 Mar 18, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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You have a point. Valid too.
Thanks as always for your rational and thoughtful responses.

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#10 Mar 18, 2013
MD Conservative wrote:
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I'm trying. And at least you are too. Better than at each others throat, insulting and attacking at every turn. We may disagree most of time, but we can at least be civil. Right Skippy ;)
(sorry I had to get that one in for fun)
Peace!
Yes indeed.

Where'd you get that avatar, BTW? That's wonderful. I don't know if I'd asked before.

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