Re: Single mother fined $220,000 (£108,000)
If a latterday Robin Hood broke into your home and took your goods, but then put them on a stall by the side of the road, marked "Goods for Free", I don't think you'd be too pleased about it. I know it's difficult to comprehend with something that can be endlessly duplicated, but that'll be true of anything that can be stored elctronically, including eBooks. While I don't expect to become rich from my fiction books (chance would be a fine thing!) and I enjoy the writing of them, I wouldn't be too happy to publish into a world where intellectual property is fair game and so there's little or no reward for the creator.
Let's face it, I know what my story's about; the effort I put in - not enough, I know - to make it coherent to someone not privy to my thoughts and not au fait with my (let's say) unique take on grammar in draft 1 ought to (though probably won't) be rewarded financially.
By the way, the woman's name was Jammie. In the UK, someone is called a Jammy B*****d (or some other expletive) when they've got away with something. Ironic, eh?