Italian DJ Fined 1.4 Million Euros For MP3s
from the whoa dept
While most of the stories about the recording industry cracking down on unauthorized MP3s focus on home users, it looks like they're checking out more professional MP3 abusers as well. Over in Italy, a DJ has been fined $1.4 million euros for copyright infringement. Police said that he had 2,000 MP3s and 500 music videos on his computer. However, what's unclear from the story is where these files came from. Were they files that he had made from CDs and DVDs he had purchased, or were they all downloaded? Also, even if they were unauthorized files that he downloaded, it's hard to see how 1.4 million is a reasonable fine in any world that touches reality. As some have pointed out, it's become clear that the industry, itself, only values unlimited access to music at $15/month. Obviously, you can add some punitive damages to that, but this was a popular DJ. He was promoting this music to club goers, many of whom were pretty damn likely to go out and want to pay for this music. It's hard to see how the industry can justify 1.4 million euros other than to say that this is the amount they cost themselves in preventing this guy from promoting these musicians from now on.