Friday, June 29, 2007

Let's Catch The Real Pirates

Hey RIAA, time to sharpen your legal pencils again! Hot on the heels of the First Family's admitting to creating an illegal mix CD comes another confession, this time from the pages of People Magazine. There, American Idol star Fantasia Barrino freely admits to cherishing a mix CD given to her by "a friend."

A quote from the RIAA's website -

Do The Crime, Do The Time

If you do not have legal permission, and you go ahead and copy or distribute copyrighted music anyway, you can be prosecuted in criminal court and/or sued for damages in civil court.
  • Criminal penalties for first-time offenders can be as high as five years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
  • Civil penalties can run into many thousands of dollars in damages and legal fees. The minimum penalty is $750 per song.
Seems like these folks are in a whole heap of trouble or is that only reserved for students, grandparents, disabled mothers, pre-teens and all the other riff-raff, pirating trouble makers?

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