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Is Manslaughter An Equivalent Crime To Copyright Infringement?
« on: September 01, 2011, 09:58:47 am »
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110830/02305015735/does-punishment-fit-crime-is-manslaughter-equivalent-crime-to-copyright-infringement.shtml

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From the manslaughter-is-about-the-same dept

Via 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:

Manslaughter

Sending death threats

Doing biomedical experiments on a person without consent

Provoking someone to commit suicide.

Theft

Escaping prison

Forgery

Clearly, 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 public

Sexual harassment

Domestic violence

Identity fraud

Abandoning a family

Getting a minor drunk

Making sexual advances on someone less than 15 years old

Abuse and cruelty to animals

Destruction of property

Somehow, it's difficult to see how infringement belongs in that first list. But, that's what you get in this day and age.

This article does raise a serious question.'Is justice for the user in copyright cases being well served'? If you use those comparisons the answer has to be a very big "NO".  :gum:

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