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Are Judges Waking Up To Injustice Of Media Mafia ?
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:50:32 pm »
An interesting but small article  :)

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20081201/0036452979.shtml

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The heart of Charles Nessons' case against the RIAA is that the copyright law cited to attack file-sharers is unconstitutional due to the ridiculous statutory fines put on copyright infringement. The original fines were really meant for commercial copyright counterfeiters -- and the law was never intended to be used against random internet users sharing some songs off of their computer with no profit motive at all. The law also didn't anticipate songs being sold for less than $1. So, with statutory fines for each act of infringement sitting between $750 and $150,000, there are some big problems. Luckily, it appears some judges are beginning to agree with the idea that these fines are ridiculous.

A recent ruling by District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in the Southern District of New York, where Schendlin stated:

"At the end of the day, 'statutory damages should bear some relation to actual damages suffered'... and 'cannot be divorced entirely from economic reality'"

This indeed should be the case, its refreshing to see some sanity in an otherwise unjust series of cases that pit Billion dollar business's against welfare/low paid folk accused of filesharing.




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