7 Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing

Written by Andrew Winistorfer

Thinking about file-sharing? Don’t. You’ll get fined, and crime doesn’t pay (unless you rob banks and/or armored cars, then it pays very well). Take it from Jammie Thomas, who was fined $2 million for downloading 24 songs, or anyone else who tried to fight the RIAA.

Instead, try another crime, because plenty of them draw far lighter penalties than downloading Jason Mraz’s latest. Thanks to the Mechanics blog at Gapers Block, here are seven crimes that will get you smaller fines than file-sharing:

1. Child abduction: the fine is only like $25000.

2. Stealing the actual CD: the fine is $2,500

3. Rob your neighbor: the fine is $375,000

4. Burn a house down: The fine is just over $375,000

5. Stalk someone: The fine is $175,000

6. Start a dogfighting ring: the fine is $50,000

7. Murder someone: The maximum penalty is only $25,000 and 15 years in jail, and depending on your yearly salary, would probably be far slighter a penalty that $2 million.

Seriously, murdering someone will result in a lighter overall penalty than downloading a bunch of songs and getting caught. Granted, you don’t get shivved in the showers at home, but still. [via Daily Swarm]  

14 thoughts on “7 Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing

  1. David

    This is the best article posted yesterday? “1. Child abduction: the fine is only like $25000.” Also, pretty sure you can be put to death for killing someone in a fair number of states.

  2. Alex

    We’re talking monetary fines here, people.

    “7 Crimes That Will Get You a Smaller Fine than File-Sharing”

  3. Dee

    I’m wondering WHO gets all that money when the RIAA wins a case?? The artists of who’s music was “stolen”? Or…the RIAA, so they can HACK into more people’s computers to make more cases?

  4. benjamin

    best article? the linked article is more interesting, more informative, and much more grammatical.

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