Pirate to pay for \"potential\" losses

Ok, I understand the jail time, but since when is it legal to make someone pay for some damage they might have caused at some point in the future.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orl-locpayback28062803jun28,0,5719929.story?coll=orl-news-headlines

This guy has to pay $500 a month for 30,000 years to pay back his debt to the government, which comes to $180 million. This figure is based on the money DirectTV and Echostar might have lost if he had been successful. When is that legal? Jesus Christ! I understand the conspiracy to commit piracy, at least from a legal standpoint, but I dont get why its ok to charge someone for losses they might have incurred. Where do these figures come from, why DirectTV and Echostar laywers, of course! Next time, I want to be able to collect checks from someone who thought about stealing my car once, and I get to value what my car will be worth for the next 10 years.

Well.. when you attempt to murder someone, do you get the same sentence as you would if you had actually commited the murder...?

No, I dont think you do in America, unless Law and Order has lied to me. And they got him on conspiracy to commit piracy not ""attempted piracy"" which there is no such crime.

I read the RIAA will now actively hunt people sharing music over P2P and sue them. They hope they can prevent piracy that way (source).

This is''t exactly the same as these people actually break the law. But one thing stays the same: How can they measure the amount of damage done by the pirates? Not everyone who downloads a song would have bought it, if there were no P2P systems.

my only question is, who is gonna feed his parrot while he is in prison?

Hell, I''ll feed his parrot. Someone''s got to, after all...

Attempted murder carries a lesser sentence than actual murder. You could never get the death penalty for attempted murder.

"chrisg" wrote:

I read the RIAA will now actively hunt people sharing music over P2P and sue them. They hope they can prevent piracy that way (source).

You know what cracks me up, filesharing is up 10% since they''ve been publicizing this. It just basically reminded people ""Hey, I can get music online! cool!""

OMG, it''s Minority Report without the psychics!