A federal jury on Thursday found Jammie Thomas-Rasset liable in the nation’s only Recording Industry Association of America file-sharing case to go to trial, dinging her $1.92 million for [sharing] 24 songs [on a p2p network].
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It is worth noting that if she had shoplifted the equivalent number of CDs in Minnesota, it would be considered a misdemeanor offense and she would owe a maximum of $1000 dollars in fines.
If Sprint Communications corporation was required to pay equivalent fines for their 18.2 million dollars of illegal early termination fees, they would owe 1.024 trillion dollars, which would easily pay off the TARP.
I don't get it.