RIAA Appeals Mistrial Ruling In The Jammie Thomas Trial
from the i-object! dept
The RIAA seems so positively offended that its “making available” theory keeps getting rejected by courts that it’s willing to object to just about anything. As you probably know, the RIAA’s only “win” in a full trial was declared a mistrial, after the judge realized he had made a “manifest error of law” in incorrectly instructing the jury that simply making a file available in a shared folder was the equivalent of “distribution” under copyright law. The judge then ordered a new trial.
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the RIAA is appealing this decision, asking an appeals court to overturn the mistrial ruling and let the original ruling stand. While it may not be a surprise that the RIAA would be upset at the ruling, filing an appeal on a mistrial ruling is highly unusual. Normally, appeals are focused on actual rulings, not a decision that a trial was a mistrial. It seems like a long shot that the appeals court would agree to review the mistrial ruling.