quote: Hegg's statements echo the Bush administration's statement earlier this week, that the punishment fit the crime and serves as a good warning to potential violators.
quote: "there was no evidence that this woman stole anything and numerous alternative explanations as to how it appeared that someone was sharing from her internet provider address: IP spoofing"
quote: Why did this case every go to court. It is so obvious she was guilty.
quote: "Thomas's use of the name "Terreastarr" on other online accounts, the same as the name on the Kazaa account, helped convince them."
quote: There really isn't any problem. If you don't want to be fined, don't steal any music. Simple.
quote: Now playing music in public is subject to royalties. usually these places simply purchase an ASCAP license
quote: Something tells me you're not a lawyer. The Betamax case established that copying a work in its entirety from TV for purposes of viewing it later in private was generally legal, and covered under fair use.
quote: Had to jump in on this one. Actually, according to Federal Copyright law, that's not true. The whole "fair use" nonsense isn't applicable here, either. I don't know how people have twisted it over the years, but "fair use" means something FAR different than copying your own stuff for your own use.
quote: 07. Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.
quote: In fact, the Rio's operation is entirely consistent with the Act's main purpose -- the facilitation of personal use. As the Senate Report explains, "[t]he purpose of[the Act] is to ensure the right of consumers to make analog or digital audio recordings of copyrighted music for their private, noncommercial use." S. Rep. 102-294, at *86 (emphasis added). The Act does so through its home taping exemption, see 17 U.S.C. S 1008, which "protects all noncommercial copying by consumers of digital and analog musical recordings, " H.R. Rep. 102-873(I), at *59. The Rio merely makes copies in order to render portable, or "space-shift," those files that already reside on a user's hard drive. Cf. Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, 464 U.S. 417, 455 (1984) (holding that "time-shifting" of copyrighted television shows with VCR's constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act, and thus is not an infringement). Such copying is paradigmatic non-commercial personal use entirely consistent with the purposes of the Act.
quote: No action may be brought under this title alleging infringement of copyright based on the manufacture, importation, or distribution of a digital audio recording device, a digital audio recording medium, an analog recording device, or an analog recording medium, or based on the noncommercial use by a consumer of such a device or medium for making digital musical recordings or analog musical recordings.
quote: This is probably the reason why we have yet to see a lawsuit from a label alleging that they have found an infringing user that they want to sue.
quote: I don't have the quote available to me at the moment but up until the last year, recording industry representatives have stated publicly that CD copying is legal on several occasions.
quote: Further evidence to back this up...
quote: is the recordable music CDs which are sold specifically to backup original music CDs. Under the AHRA, they are properly defined as a “digital audio recording medium” and many CD players sold today could fall under "digital audio recording device". So per the language of the act CD copying could be argued to be covered.
quote: what gets me about the whole thing is that folks have been doing this (copying/recording) forever. dubbing cassette decks were standard on practically every stereo in the 80s. it was commonplace for me and my friends to buy a bunch of albums, record them, and then share the tapes amongst ourselves. i suppose we were the music ganstas of the 80s.
quote: if those cases turn out the same way as this one, how many people do you think will suddenly feel downloading music isn't such a good idea anymore? No one wants to be slapped with a $200,000 bill, let alone $3.6 million.
quote: I hope that this verdict will discourage folks from stealing and/or sharing music indiscriminately online as it really really does affect people's incomes and especially that of recording musicians.
quote: isten up people. the only way this whack crap will be fixed is by us bitchin' at our congressional reps. they're the one's who caved into these riaa a-holes and started this crap.
quote: If this venue were in L.A. or Chicago she would have walked.
quote: "I think she thought a jury from Duluth would be naïve. We're not that stupid up here. I don't know what the f**k she was thinking, to tell you the truth."
quote: Back to the point: the very fact that this guy thinks he understood what was happening shows he has no idea. I don't understand why the defense didn't call network security experts. A better defense would have been that her computer was hacked, which it may have been. I wonder if the forensics people checked for that (or if they even wanted to know).
quote: SHE TOOK THE COMPUTER BACK TO BEST BUY AND THEY REPLACED THE HARD DRIVE, SAYING IT WAS ABOUT TO FAIL!
quote: I feel sorry for you though, it must have been difficult growing up in such a deceitful environment.
quote: This is a big no-no in the criminal system.
quote: Hegg is a married father of two and says his wife is an "Internet guru," but admits to not knowing much about technology issues.
quote: Hegg seemed almost enraged at Thomas as he concluded the interview by saying, "I think she thought a jury from Duluth would be naïve. We're not that stupid up here. I don't know what the f**k she was thinking, to tell you the truth."