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Verizon sucks
Verizon sucks
09/08/14

America: Love It or Leave It!America: Love It or Leave It!
06/15/05

Land of the Free, <i>iterum</i>Land of the Free, iterum
04/18/05

Land of the Free, Home of the BraveLand of the Free, Home of the Brave
03/19/05

The Slashdot EffectThe Slashdot Effect
02/13/05

Blackout! 2003 - Photos by Manny E. FarberBlackout! 2003 - Photos by Manny E. Farber
08/18/03

A book in hand is worth two in Bush'sA book in hand is worth two in Bush's
10/12/02


Penalties of Stealing vs. Infringing: UPDATED

With the very first verdict in a RIAA filesharing case in (two and half years later), the real-world comparison from the previous article can be updated (the absolute minimum and absolute maximum are the penalties under US Code for alternatively stealing a DVD set of a TV show with 22 episodes and downloading the same 22 episodes over the Internet):













Stealing Infringing
Absolute
Minimum
$0
no jail
$4,400
Absolute
Maximum
$100,000
1 year jail
$3,400,000
1 year jail
opposing lawyer fees and costs
Real World
Example
Winona Ryder*:
$2,700 fine
$6,355 restitution
$1,000 court cost
3 years probation
Jammie Thomas**:
$222,000



* www.courttv.com/people/2003/1215/ryder_ap.html

Winona Ryder was convicted for stealing over $5000 worth of merchandise
(www.courttv.com/trials/ryder/); this case was not decided under US (federal) Code -- nevertheless, it is rather telling.

** http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/ 2007/10/ riaa-wins- in-first-ever- jury-trial.html

Jammie Thomas was found guilty of infringing 24 music files (worth $23.76); since merely making available was the bar used in this case, it was not necessary that she actually distributed any copies (http://arstechnica.com/ news.ars/post/ 20071004- debate-over-making- available-jury-instruction- as-capitol-v-thomas-wraps-up.html , http://www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9791764-38.html?tag=nefd.blgs).

Not very reassuring: steal $5000 worth of stuff, pay back what you stole plus $3,700 and be on probation for 3 years; download 24 songs, pay $222,000 and go bankrupt.


Past Rants

Artificial Intelligence or Natural Stupidity?
06/01/17


NJ Board of Public Utilities sucks! (ditto Verizon)
09/09/14


An Irreverent Guide to the Portuguese Language
04/13/13


Twelve Days of Reruns
01/03/07


How Much is that TV Show Worth?
04/14/06


Time to Find a New Online Bank....
12/02/05


The Failure of Homeland Security
09/02/05


"America - Love It or Leave It"
06/14/05


Land of the Free, iterum
04/18/05


My Favorite Things, v. 1.0
03/16/05


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