A 26-year-old man from Sweden will only have to pay a court ordered fine of 2000 kronor ($311 in U.S. currency) for sharing 44 songs over the Internet, TorrentFreak.com reports. Compared to Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who in 2010 was ordered to pay $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages for illegally sharing 24 songs (that works out to $62,500 per song), the un-named Swedish man should pay his fine and thank his legal team.
The 26-year-old had been tracked by the IFPI for sharing 44 songs on the Internet, and originally the judge wanted to punish him with a $45-per-track fine. Even that would have amounted to 'only' $1,980, a far cry from Thomas-Rassett's million-and-a-half dollar fine.
"Swedish courts may be slowing coming to their senses regarding non-commercial violations of the copyright monopoly," said Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge. "The verdict is in stark contrast to the political verdict in the Pirate Bay trial, where four people were sentenced to long prison sentences and paying €3,500,000 (US$4.78 million) for merely aiding in possibly sharing 33 works."
Do you think the fine was just, too low, or still too high?