Three quarters of a million bucks fine for hapless downloader

In Nerds only, Polytricks on August 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

If anybody had any illusions how badly we are losing the war against the copyright police, there is the case of Joel Tenenbaum.  Remember Napsters and Kazaa?  Ancient history on the interweb but for Joel the nightmare continues.  He now owes Sony, Warner Bros, Atlantic Records etc, $675,000 in fines for downloading some Nirvana and Green Day songs nine years ago.

In 2003, he was living at his parents house when the copyright police raided.  He was fined $5,000 but since he couldn’t afford that so he offered them $500.  The Record Industry refused and sued him.  Joel then offered them the $5,000 they originally fined him for but it was too late.  They wanted his life-blood.

When he finally went to trial six years later, he was charged by the jury $675,000 for downloading 30 songs, (the statutory minimum fine was $22,000, the maximum fine was $4.5 million).  So he got off easy??  Come on!  These are corporations gone mad with power!!  But wait, it gets even worse.

The next year a judge ruled the disgracefully high damages were unconstitutional and reduced them nine tenths, (to $67,000).  The Record Labels were enraged by that, appealed the decision and successfully reinstated the original $675,000 fine.

They ruined this poor guys’ life to threaten the rest of us?  As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I feel its time to pass the necessary laws banning corporations from doing business in our countries.  They have taken over our governments and courts.  They have corrupted our political process, stolen our tax money and poisoned our food and environment.  They act like out-of-control sociopaths and are threatening the lives and livelihoods of all people on this planet.  Its time for them to go!

Polluted, tropical beach, Guyana

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