I totally understand the protections granted by copyright...but the fines assessed this lady is totally out of the realm of logic. This woman was fined $220K in 2007, but due to an error in the jury verdict, a new trial was granted.
We all know that to pay off a couple million dollar fine is never going to happen, and by the ruling alone, she will never have any money of her own - as all would be garnished to pay off the fine.
This is where tort reform is necessary. We are a litigious society, and one that has gotten out of hand - and the lawyers are perpetuating this heinous crime.
If someone were maimed or further injured due to medical malpractice, that is one thing, but should be decided on the total limitations. The same goes for auto accidents and the like. These mega-million settlements are way out of hand. Too many have found ways to end up on easy street through frivolous litigation over and over.
I had a neighbor who was literally banned from all local department stores (K-Mart, Sears, Walmart, etc.), because she managed to FALL in each store and brought suit against all these entities. She is a lazy ass, who found a way to avoid a paying job, by claiming back and neck injuries, which are hard to detect other than chronic complaining.
But anyway, I digress. This woman, had she paid for the downloads the right way, would have paid .99 cents per song - 24 total songs. So, I'm hoping that an appeal that will surely be filed - will be granted. I might add that these mega million dollar settlements in the medical field are one factor in the rising costs we all pay. BS!!!
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