Woah!News source: USA Today, 'Jury awards $11.3M over defamatory Internet posts'

A Florida woman has been awarded $11.3 million in a defamation lawsuit against a Louisiana woman who posted messages on the Internet accusing her of being a "crook," a "con artist" and a "fraud." Legal analysts say the Sept. 19 award by a jury in Broward County, Fla. — first reported Friday by the Daily Business Review — represents the largest such judgment over postings on an Internet blog or message board. Lyrissa Lidsky, a University of Florida law professor who specializes in free-speech issues, calls the award "astonishing." … Scheff [plaintiff] says she wanted to make a point to those who unfairly criticize others on the Internet. "I'm sure (Bock [defendant]) doesn't have $1 million, let alone $11 million, but the message is strong and clear," Scheff says. "People are using the Internet to destroy people they don't like, and you can't do that."

Of course the $11.3 million award is ridiculous but the precedent set here is clear. A good reminder to think twice about whatever I (and you) post online!

Music pirate?News source: Pirating Songs of Praise (via Religion News Blog)

Apparently many feel quote "conflicted" about 'sharing' Christian music … Here's a quote from the article that rather shocked me:

Take Matthew, a 13-year-old who attends Hewes Middle School in North Tustin and attends youth programs at nearby Red Hill Lutheran Church. Asked if it’s wrong to take songs for free, he answered: “No, because the artists are making billions of dollars anyways.” Another kid at Red Hill, 16-year-old Mike, a student at Beckman High, said that music is beyond commerce or at least beyond the cash register: “They should give it away ’cause it’s art anyways.”

Okay, so I've downloaded some pirated music in my 'day. I also own nearly 200 legit CDs so I'm no slouch in supporting the music industry. And I have deleted all (or at least almost all?) of the pirated music on my computer. What do you think about "file sharing"? Do we agree that the kids above don't "get it"? Is anyone teaching morals in church anymore? (Or how about some basic philosophy for that matter, so kiddies will know when they're making dumb arguments like those above?)