Why does anyone download anything for free off the Internet that we shouldn’t be? Because the odds are that you won’t be caught, and if you are, well how could you be made to pay up when so many others are doing the same thing? For one Minnesota woman accused of sharing songs on the Internet, forking over $222,000 to the music industry could very well be her reality, after she lost in a federal court of appeals. She’s been battling the Recording Industry Association of America since way back in 2006.
Last year, a Boston college student caught a break when a judge reduced an earlier file-sharing judgment against him from $675,000 to $67,500, calling the earlier figure unconstitutional. Now a federal appeals court has wiped that relief away by deciding the Constitution is cool after all with the $675,000 fee and has reinstated the earlier judgment.