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  • This is getting ridiculous.

    June 19, 2009 @ 7:42 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Seriously. A $1.9 million fine for sharing 24 songs? Are these people for real?

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset had her fine increased from $222,000 on a retrial, after the judge in the original case said he had erred in instructing the jury. And now the second trial has awarded this staggeringly ridiculous sum to the RIAA.


  • Round two for French file-sharing legislation

    April 29, 2009 @ 1:34 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s Groundhog Day in France. Or it might just seem that way because French politicians are once again mulling over legislation to punish file sharers.

    It seems like only days ago that the proposed laws, which include that controversial “three strikes and you’re out” element, was rejected.  A few tweaks and amendments though, and it’s back on the table. (Sound familiar?)


  • Pirate Bay: part 5,678

    April 23, 2009 @ 12:22 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    The Pirate Bay saga rolls on. Fresh from last week’s guilty verdict, the lawyer for one of the convicted men is demanding a retrial, claiming the judge’s membership of copyright protection groups meant he shouldn’t have heard the case.