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Bit harsh. Or just sensationalist scare-mongering, making an example of one person to put the rest of us off?
It's scare-mongering, to be sure. I would care to guess that most of the people on this very site download that much, frequently. The punishment in NO way fits the crime, especially for something so very commonplace. If they were to investigate and prosecute every person who downloaded a handful of songs, the economy would collapse.
I mean, for God's sake, the fine for a DUI here is $1000, and the cost of downloading MUSIC is over a million? The notion that ANYBODY is trying to bring down 13-year-old's who just wanna listen to the new Bieber song on their iPod is... can I say preposterous again? It's just... it's what's wrong with this goddamn country!
...oh crap, I've become one of those Americans I hate...