7 Crimes Less Incriminating Than File Sharing

Submitted by: Tominatrix 6 years ago Tech
http://www.prefixmag.com/news/seven-crimes-that-will-get-you-a-smaller-fine-than/32033/

Thinking about file-sharing? Don"t. It could cost you $2 million for downloading 24 songs...
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Male 715
VVV Strangely specific example VVV
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Female 877
btw doesn`t this list give you the idea that if you`re a rich b-tard you can do whatever you want to do.

"hey daddy, i want to burn down a poor guy`s house with my friends tonight, can i go out?"

"ok little fellow. but don`t make your shirt dirty please. you know it would be bad for our reputation if you were seen with a stained shirt in public"

"ok daddy, bye, love ya!"

*daddy smiles and continues on groping his maid*
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Female 877
ok i`ll stop downloading songs and start a fire at my ex`s house, deal.
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Male 2,868
@Peveo4589- Is that pic supposed to be an answer to the question "what would Dr. Zoidberg look like IRL?" Awesome!
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Male 2,868
Don`t share files without using moblock (or PeerGuardian if you use Windows- I don`t know what the equivalent is for Mac). It`s not foolproof, but there are so many people sharing files without any kind of IP blocker enabled that it`s not worth the RIAA`s time to try to go the extra mile to get around it.
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Female 4,039
I will not pretend to even be able to comment on this matter. *strokes discman in jacket pocket*
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Male 2,553
>krenmu
The funny thing is, what you described is completely legal. Well, here at least. So you COULD argue that you didn`t actually download those songs, you just recorded them off the radio waves. With a superb radio + recording equipment. ^^
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Male 210
@LazyMe484: Bankruptcy doesn`t solve the problem. The government would get a lien on any property you own (so you couldn`t sell your car or house without all of the cash going to the government) and they would also garnish your paychecks through statute. So for the rest of your life you`d be giving a good chunk of all money you made to satisfy the judgment, even though you`d never pay it off... Fun stuff. Bankruptcy will only clear away debts that you owe in a credit sense - it won`t eliminate things like criminal judgments or child support, which are docked from your pay by law.
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Male 430
They don`t call `em pirates for nothing. They be risking their booty.
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Male 509
@hdfj
why bother with pointless spam that nobody will click on and that will only get you banned? actually is it possible to IP ban her?
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Male 122
Art is tainted by money. True art and music is driven by the soul and a need to express oneself..not out of pursuit for the almighty dollar. This is why there`s so much nonsense cluttering the airwaves. It`s bubblegum, white noise garbage catering to the lowest common denominator. There`s nothing wrong with a band "making it." Music should be free and the people making it should take pride in the desire to share it.
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Male 2,422
@apj311: I was like you once, then I started getting into foreign music that wasn`t offered on Itunes and had a huge import cost (over $50 for a single cd) so I said drat this poo and downloaded ares. I haven`t looked back since.
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Male 21
@CmdrBittles
Gotta love CAPITALSIM!
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Female 1,172
@APJ311: So why are bands like Radiohead giving away free albums on Itunes and pissing the other artists off? Probably because they know where their money comes from. Concerts. They are one of the few big bands to admit it though.
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Female 1,172
So is lending a CD/DVD to a friend wrong? Shouldn`t they have to pay for it to listen to it? The whole thing is ridiculous and is just people being greedy.
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Male 833
I just torrent games not music, but thats cause i hate DRM.
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Male 2,034
drat the RIAA. And greedy musicians.
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Male 4,793
"7. Murder someone: The maximum penalty is only $25,000 and 15 years in jail, and depending on your yearly salary, would probably be far slighter a penalty that $2 million."

this is retarded for that reason. That is so false.
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Male 8,302
I joined a site years ago called legalsounds.com because I wanted to do the right thing as far as buying music goes. They say they pay ALL royalties required by law. I got suspicious that whole albums were 99c, so I read their small print carefully. Turns out, they`re a Russian site, and they pay all the Royalties required by Russian Law... which is probably `none`.
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Male 212
I never really planned to abduct a child, steal, commit arsony, become a voyeur, start a dogfighting ring or kill anyone. But now...!
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Male 774
strivejaylen
I doubt even they see a penny. It probably all goes to the higher ups who sued, and the layers of course.
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Male 196
wonder if the artist gets any of that money, probably not, it all goes to the record companies lol
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Male 813
The FBI is coming to your house now StarDagger.
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Male 1,190
The problem isn`t file sharing but the millions of lemmings who pay for free music on sites like iTunes, yes you are a moron!
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Male 10,440
$2 million? wtf? I`d just declare bankruptcy. Problem solved.
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Male 719
One important thing to note: nobody has ever been charged for downloading songs.

They`ve been charged for distribution in violation of copyright.

I`ll agree that the fines are ridiculous, but it should be kept in mind that it`s the difference between stealing a CD and handing out burned copies of it.
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Male 17
What if you record the songs off the radio then put them on your computer?..is that the same as ilegally downloading in their eyes?...where is the line exactly?
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Male 749
@CmdrBittles

It`d still be better than nothing though. I bet a lot of people download illegally because they think that the artist loses very little. If lots of people do it, it adds up.

I have very little money to spend compared with some other people, but I still pay for my music. It`s the right thing to do.
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Male 907
"I have 11,000 songs. How much do I owe? Trillions?"

You owe: $916,666,666
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Male 1,455
It`s second-degree murder, not first-degree.
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Male 877
fileshare...and stop looking a gifthorse in the mouth for because of fear...they`re using your fear against you with these asrtonomical fines...if you cant see that,then youre nieve...stand up and be counted...FILESHARE!!!
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Female 3,562
I have 11,000 songs. How much do I owe? Trillions?
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Male 17
I see Filesharing as basically advertising for their concerts..if you like them you will go see them live..if they can`t perform live and make money that way (Which they get a much larger cut from anyway) Then they don`t deserve to be doing it in the first place.
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Male 231
Good luck catching me douches!!! I live in a third world country....so...HA!!
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Male 127
Alright, there`s a comment on that site that clarifies it:

"I should have specified--that`s for second degree murder, which is what`s noted at the link. 2nd degree is 15 years in most states. If you make 40,000 a year, that`s only like 600,000 dollars you`re missing out on. "

So I guess it`s not all bullpoo.
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Male 25,416
yeah! dont forget the possible jail time!
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Female 1,172
@APJ311: Artists make very little off actual record sales. They make their money off of tours/concerts and sponsors.
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Female 1,172
I think the 15 years comes from the fact that many people do get out on parole depending on what class of murder they are convicted of. There are different degrees of murder remember. Manslaughter is murder but much different than first degree.
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Male 17,512
The RIAA & MPAA are outdated and grasping at straws. They can`t stop it so they punish a few unfortunates to try and set an example. It`s pathetic.
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Male 586
but trying to get away with murder is one thing, getting away with file sharing is the easiest thing in the world besides stealing candy from babies.
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Male 2,592
I`m gonna go ahead and drop the BS flag on the field.
No way murder only gets you 15 years and $25k.
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Male 127
Where the hell is the maximum murder penalty 15 years?

Or are those triple-life sentences just myths?
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Male 749
Too big a fine but I still hate people who illegally download music.

I saw a program about it where a guy who was arguing for file sharing said:
"If you stop file-sharing, people will stop SUPPORTING artists." You aren`t supporting them anyway! Pay the £5 or whatever for the album.
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Male 36,543
If you steal the actual CD, the RIAA doesn`t care since the store has already paid them for it.
Better idea: Break into place they make the CDs and steal one from there (probably in China).
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Male 294
thats absolutely rediculous
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Male 155
the behaviour of record companies makes me want to download music to deprive them of money
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Male 152
Link: 7 Crimes Less Incriminating Than File Sharing [Rate Link] - Thinking about file-sharing? Don`t. It could cost you $2 million for downloading 24 songs...
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