"When Sony BMG massively and illegally distributed music CDs containing spyware that compromised individual users' computer security and infected government and military networks worldwide, the FTC only ordered them in 2007 to reimburse end-users up to $150 for computer damages. Yet when Ms. Thomas shared 24 songs belonging to Sony BMG and other labels on the Internet, she was penalized $80,000 for each single track.
"This isn't a question about whether file-sharing is wrong -- the question is what does this say about our priorities? We're living in a time when executives can dismantle companies that have become American icons and instead of fines, receive bonuses.
"The application of existing law in this case may have been technically correct, but used to protect the recording industry from losses that could have cost them pennies, with a $1.9 million fine against a music fan."
- CCIA President Ed Black on the RIAA's "victory" in the Thomas-Rasset infringement case.
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