Re: Minnesota Mom Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Downloading 24 Songs
Totally guessing since it makes no logical sense either way, but I'm guess they don't consider it as petty theft due to the whole sharing part of it. Since you're sharing it with a fuckload of people, it's worse than just stealing a CD or some shit. So you're like, an illegal distributor of copyrighted material or some fucking thing like that. I dunno.
If we are to focus on legality instead of morality, then legally isn't not actually even considered theft really. It's copyright infringement. Which, by totally bullshitted unprovable numbers, loses companies millions of dollars a year. And shit. So if you have 24 songs sitting there being downloaded by hundreds of people, then you just dicked those companies out of hundreds of sales. Assuming everyone who downloaded shit would have bought the same shit if they couldn't download it, which is a moronic as fuck assumption to make...
Yeah, it's stupid.