GOP Senator Norm Coleman Seeks Lower Downloading Penalties

Guardian Unlimited: Senator Seeks Lower Downloading Penalties

Way to go, Norm.

It's legally and economically absurd to hit casual individual copyright violators with the jaw-dropping statutory damages that were originally written into the law to deter large, for-profit organized crime piracy operations.

Here's a common-sense idea: for non-commercial copyright violations by individuals, penalities ought to be limited to actual damages, or some lowish multiple (2-5x) of same.

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