Interesting juxtaposition: Insurance firm Wellpoint pays $300,000 for criminally irresponsible late disclosure of its 470,000 medical record security breaches and RIAA is awarded $1,500,000 for 24 illegally downloaded songs.
It makes sense. Why does it make sense?
It makes sense because Insurance firms and RIAA have bought off Congress, which makes the laws, and the criminal justice system, which enforces the laws.
Yes, it's a preposterously large judgment, which Guerbuez will never pay. And that's not final judgment. It'll be orders of magnitude smaller.
But while Guerbuez is desperately trying to weasel out of paying, Canada and the United States will be aggressively pursuing his assets, which will keep him extremely busy, which will severely curtail his spamming.
So I'm all for this judgment, no matter how preposterous.