Well that's too bad for the plaintiff if it isn't cost-effective to sue. It does not warrant such an excessive punishment.Originally Posted by RightinNYC
For one thing, the 8th amendment prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. The punishment here does not fit the crime. Let's look at her crime: 24 counts of illegal music downloads, for each of which she was fined $80,000. The market value of the songs is approximately $1 each.Originally Posted by RightinNYC
If she had stolen an item from the dollar store, would she have been fined $80,000? No. If she had stolen a single copy of a song from a CD store, would she have been fined $80,000? No. Hell, even if she had illegally downloaded hardcore child pornography instead of songs, would she have been fined $80,000 per download? Probably not.
The punishment here is so excessive (especially when compared to other crimes of this nature of equal or greater severity) that it is ridiculous.