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US Naval Academy Slaps Wrist of Downloading Midshipmen

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It seems the US Navy has decided on appropriate punishments for midshipmen who share music on government networks. Federal law outlines fines of up to $150,000 PER FILE but in their infinite wisdom government officials have decided that the offending students should receive extra work and loss of leave but not loss of access to the network.

It is notable the students were neither court marshaled nor expelled given the harshness of the federal statues. I wonder how future jurists will weigh the Navy’s valuation of punishment? The RIAA can spin this all they like but it’s hardly a ‘win.’

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