Thursday, February 10, 2005

You're better off shoplifting than downloading

Here's one of those items that just make you stop and realize how crazy the world is. Not-a -lawyer, Karl Wagenfuehr, posts an article on the Penalties of Stealing vs. Infringment.


Summary

StealingInfringing
Absolute
Minimum
$0
no jail
$4,400
Absolute
Maximum
$100,000
1 year jail
$3,400,000
1 year jail
lawyer fees and costs
Real World
Example
Winona Ryder*:
$2,700 fine
$6,355 restitution
$1,000 court cost
3 years probation
An Average RIAA settlement**:
$14,875


via BoingBoing



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