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It Doesn’t Add Up

June 19, 2009

Two big stories on Ars today:

The Jammie Thomas $2million-the-labels-will-never-see guilty verdict


File-sharring isn’t hurting content creation

So the verdict in the Thomas case is grossly inappropriate and much too exorbitant for the actions the law is designed to dissuade. But, the actions, while hurting the music industry, aren’t hurting the creation of new works. So, while we have what, according to the Court, is copyright infringement, we don’t have said infringement hurting creation, which is what copyright law, codified in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, exists to protect.

Seems a little counterintuative to me…

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