Perhaps they have it backwards... I believe impersonating a federal agent is a *real* crime. Whereas copyright violations are a civil courts matter. But in todays world of bought and paid for lawmakers... who the f**k knows?!?
The sad fact of the matter is - RR seeds won't matter very much anyway. I wonder if Monsanto (evil corp) will try and sue God for making weeds that are now Roundup resitant? These 'superweeds' are already becoming very prevalent, and will soon be the dominant weed on the farms that use Roundup - at that point, using Roundup (a Monsanto product) will effectively do nothing, and the farmers will very quickly realize RR seeds are worthless...
IANAL - just an ordinary guy on the street. This seems to an incredibly lopsided judgement. In a day and age when somebody murders another, cops a plea and is out of *prison* is less than 5 years... How is this award at all proportional to the "crime" committed? To me - remember IANAL - this entire judgement rings hollow. Regardless of what the law says - if most people believe that sharing files is akin to jaywalking, then handing out a judgement that effectively puts another person into indentured servitude for the rest of their natural life (and perhaps their decendants too) is morally reprehensible. The law may say they can, but it doesn't make it right.
If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is a ass — a idiot." -- Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist