7 Crimes that will get you a smaller fine than File Sharing

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.

  • Dannyl
  • January 11, 2010, 6:30 am
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    Does anyone have a magnet? I might need to destroy some evidence.

    • Ertrov
    • September 22, 2011, 5:24 am
    Psh, use a flamethrower or just some gasoline. Unless your computer is black boxed, that should be just as effective and you can make smores. ^^
    - Dawn September 22, 2011, 5:28 am
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    thats crazy...poor guy

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    that sucks:( how can you get find less for those things it seems really unfair.

    • ember
    • March 19, 2010, 12:23 pm
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    the maximum penalty of murder isnt 15 years. most of the time its 25-life

    I do believe a 'Life sentence' is only 14 years...
    - TryThat September 22, 2011, 12:41 pm
    no a life sentence means you die in jail hence the name "life sentence"
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 6:41 pm
    My dad used to be a policeman... A 'life sentence' is VERY rarely until you die. It usually is around 14 years.
    I just used Wikipedia to research. Life sentence in the England can be as little as 15 years. (Changed by 1 year since I last was told of a definitive number)
    - TryThat September 22, 2011, 6:57 pm
    Here in the USA it is life life. it can be less depending on what it is. 15-life 25-life but it is usually 25-life.
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 7:01 pm
    In the US it a 15-35 year sentence or never.
    Only 20% of 'life sentence' prisoners in the USA were given NO chance of parole.
    Therefore 80% of people in the USA given a 'life sentence' have a chance of parole.
    - TryThat September 22, 2011, 7:08 pm
    just because you have a chance at parole doesn't mean you will get it. There are people that have a chance and dont get it. but there is just liffe sentences where no matter what its life. it varies by states but it does happen
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 7:12 pm
    I know it does happen & I never denied that it does happen. But more poeople don't get 'life' than do because a life sentence is very often not literally life.
    - TryThat September 22, 2011, 7:19 pm
    but with those ones it is a minimum like 15 or 25-life but. a life sentence itself is life if there is no minimum number of years.
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 7:24 pm
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    I have to make a point now...

    Most of the time, the police do not bother with file sharing issues. Yes, if you are reported, they will check you. But they do NOT hunt. They have far more important things to do such as work on murder, rape and other horrible crimes.

    The one thing you do not want to do though is to re-destribute it yourself. That IS something they will arrest you for.

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    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.

    Do it in the wrong state and you get put to death for murder.

    unless your in europe and half the other countries in the world where its banned.
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 6:43 pm
    I have to go with my state on this one. You kill some one, you die.
    - johnecash September 22, 2011, 6:47 pm
    Idk to me it would depend on the factors involved. It cant just be you kill you die. If it was with malicious intent well yeah probably but it all just depends
    - buddyfoeva September 22, 2011, 6:50 pm
    Thats what murder is. You are talking about manslaughter.
    - johnecash September 22, 2011, 6:58 pm
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