Saturday, August 1, 2009

Downloading fine of $22,500 per song awarded

Thinking of emailing your sister that new Blue Oyster Cult song. Think again.

Friday a federal court (reminds me of the old saying, want to make a federal case out of it) fined a Boston University graduate student $22,500 per download for a total of $675,000. There goes the grad school $$$.

He even had a Harvard lawyer. So much for that law school’s reputation.

According to the Associated Press article, The Recording Industry Association of America issued a statement thanking the jury for recognizing the impact illegal downloading has on the music community.

Again, from AP Last month, a federal jury in Minneapolis ruled that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, must pay $1.92 million, or $80,000 on each of 24 songs, after concluding she willfully violated the copyrights on those tunes.

You need to know the copyright law. You may use printed or recorded matter for your personal or educational use. Having it on your car, cell phone and computer exceeds personal use.

If you’re an artist or writer, do you want people stealing your $$$? Sure Seth Godin gives books away, but he also makes a livelihood by selling other books. Amazon makes a living being a middle man selling those books and MP3s, same with Best Buy, Walmart and Target. Gee, looks like there was tons of money behind this case. How much did the jury get? Oh, that’s right, they’re writing a book about it!

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