p2pnet view P2P:- US Judge judge Michael J. Davis has decided American mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset now owes Big Music only $54,000 instead of almost $2,000,000 for improperly downloading 24 digital music files.
Only ! ? ! ?
$54,000 is equally ridiculous. It’s a huge amount for any ordinary person to pay, especially to a music industry which blandly reports its income from digital music has risen by almost 1,000% over the past five years.
But explaining his thinking, Davis “indicated that he had found that Ms. Thomas-Rasset lied under oath,” said Ray Beckerman in Recording Industry vs The People.
The corporate music industry’s RIAA and the people who run it have deservedly evil reputations, having pilloried and publicly humiliated in the mainstream media thousands of completely innocent people, including very young children, falsely calling them criminals and thieves and ” massive distributors” of copyrighted music.
I’d guess most people, American or not, would lie to protect themselves and their families against this kind of thing.
Be that as it may, outright lies, half-truths, innuendo, slurs, sly statements and fake statistics are all accepted business tools used routinely not only by the RIAA, but also by its bosses, Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US) which, to intents and purpose, are the corporate music industry.
But back to the 1.92 million dollars an American jury originally decided Jammie owed Big Music, their decision was “typical of the American jury system, best described as collective retardism, where the total IQ for the jury rarely exceeds 600,” said p2pnet regular Monkey D. Luffy in a Reader’s Write to the story saying the award had been reduced, going on >>>
Why is this? Think of jury duty as an IQ test, the smarter you are the more likely it is you will talk your way out of it.
“But it’s your civic duty” some say.
Here’s the deal. The judge get’s paid 70 – 100+k, the lawyer gets whatever he can squeeze out of the client, I would guess the prosecutor makes between 35-45k(maybe more, I don’t know), and all the court officers get paid too.
Do you know how much people get paid for serving on a Minnesota jury? Ten bucks a day, plus round trip mileage for an additional whopping sum of 27 cents a mile. http://www.courts.mn.gov/?page=1341#WillIBePaid
Most trials are short, but what if you win the shit lottery and get stuck on jury duty for a trial that lasts for months?
I think it’s fairly safe to say most people can’t make rent on that, let alone pay other bills, like car payments, insurance, electric, ect.
So the reward for being a “good citizen” is to get evicted and have your car repossessed if you win the long trial shit lottery.
Yeah, I’d say that pretty much weeds out 99% of the smart people, as they will run screaming from a “civic duty” which could leave them homeless.
On the other hand, if you are on welfare, or an alcoholic bum not looking for work, why NOT serve on a jury.
“So there you have it, that’s why you wind up with idiotic verdicts like $80,000 per song, a decision with no grounding in civil law, criminal law, or any other law, just a bunch of idiots who wanted to punish the big bad pirate,” Monkey adds.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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