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$1.5 million dollars for sharing 24 songs, $250,000 for a lifetime of paralysis?

Nothing better illustrates the profound inequity of capping noneconomic damages than the verdicts against file sharers:

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who has been fighting the recording industry over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago, has lost another round in court.

A jury in Minneapolis decided today that she was liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records, or $62,500 for each song she illegally shared in April 2006.

Source: Jammie Thomas hit with $1.5 million verdict | Digital Media - CNET News

You tell me why a record label (who can’t prove actual damages) should be awarded seven figures, but a person put in a wheelchair for life should only receive $250k. 

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Posted at 10:02 AM, Nov 04, 2010 in Damage Caps
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Comments

This is an interesting comparison. I would say that the recording company should get something and people should pay something for music. I can't say that the 24 songs are worth $1.5 million. How about $500 a song (a high speeding ticket) and attorney fees?

Posted by: Michael Lawson Neff | November 25, 2010 10:57 AM