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From the manslaughter-is-about-the-same deptVia ZeroPaid, we learn of a fun article in the French publication Numerama, which tries to compare the length of time in jail one could get for file sharing in France to a few other crimes (Google translation from the original French). The results are telling, in terms of just how extreme current copyright laws really are. The article includes two lists. The first is of crimes that can get you about the same amount of time in jail. This list includes:ManslaughterSending death threatsDoing biomedical experiments on a person without consentProvoking someone to commit suicide.TheftEscaping prisonForgeryClearly, sharing a few songs in an unauthorized manner fits with that list. As for the list of crimes that will get you less punishment, there are some surprises:Exposing yourself in publicSexual harassmentDomestic violenceIdentity fraudAbandoning a familyGetting a minor drunkMaking sexual advances on someone less than 15 years oldAbuse and cruelty to animalsDestruction of propertySomehow, it's difficult to see how infringement belongs in that first list. But, that's what you get in this day and age.