The clunky title pretty much says it. This is the story from Wired:
The Obama administration is backing $675,000 in damages a Massachusetts student must pay the Recording Industry Association of America for file sharing 30 songs.
The Justice Department, where President Barack Obama has tapped five former RIAA lawyers to serve, said copyright infringement “creates a public harm that Congress determined must be deterred.”
That’s $22,500 per song. How the hell is that not considered cruel and unusual punishment?
You can read the whole story on Wired.com. All I’ve got to say on the subject is that this disgusts me.