The Thomas case did not go forward to stop file-sharing, he said. It will give artists and executives the "legal and moral high-ground" in their battles against copyright infringement, Castle said. It could also make it easier to lobby Congress for better protections.Huh? Moral high ground?
As for Thomas, she got off easy, according to Castle, who said she could have been fined $150,000 per copy rather than $10,000.
"I think the jury was telling her 'We don't buy your story. You're guilty of doing this intentionally. We're going to give you a verdict that will sting but is not the gross national product of a small country," he said.
The RIAA position is greedy and absurd, and the lawyer who said the woman got off easy at only $10,000 per track is out of his mind. I can't take on the whole money grubbing industry, but I sure as hell can start boycotting a particularly vulnerable company that's a party to the lawsuit (vulnerable because they have far more at stake than just music) -- Sony. I used to love that company. No more. In addition to their devotion to weird proprietary formats (memory stick anyone?) and bizarre copy copy protection formats, this is the last straw.
Guess what, Sony -- not only are there other sources for music, but there are other sources for consumer electronics and photographic equipment. I'm putting my money where my mouth is -- sorry, Sony. I had been thinking about a Sony A100 DSLR, It's a pretty good camera at a good price. but the hell with it. I just bought a Nikon D40x tonight. My $700 is going to Nikon, not the heartless, greedy bastards at a once great company.
Please join me.