6/19/2009

Woman Fined $1.9 Million For Illegally Downloading 24 Songs

A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs.

Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the RIIA was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."

Thomas-Rasset is married with four children and works for an Indian tribe in Minnesota.
$1.9 million for downloading 24 songs? That is just ridiculous and has to be some form of injustice. I could see if they charged her a few thousand dollars in order to prove a point, but being charged millions of dollar for the equivalent of two CDs during this "recession"?

Someone needs to sue these artists for coming out with crappy music and expecting people to pay $10 for it. Then these artists have the nerve to release "deluxe" versions of the same damn CD and expect people to go buy it because it's been slightly improved and enhanced. Shouldn't those songs have been on the original CD anyway?!

Am I the only one outraged by all of this?

P.S: Please read my rant about "The Age of the Re-Release"

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