As Jammie Thomas Seeks New Trial, RIAA Claims (Incorrectly) That She Distributed 1,700 Songs To Millions
from the can't-stop-the-lying dept
This will come as a surprise to just about no one, but Jammie Thomas’ lawyers have pointed out that the $1.92 million verdict against her is excessive, and is asking the judge to either throw out the award, lower it to the statutory minimum or grant a new trial. That was pretty much expected. What’s odd, however, is the note at the very bottom of that article, concerning the filing that the RIAA made to the court. The RIAA keeps insisting that it just wants to settle the case, but if that’s true, it seems weird to then attack Thomas in court again, but that’s what the filing seems to do. It suggests that Thomas (despite this whole process) must still be sharing songs and that the court needs to issue an injunction barring her from doing so. While we’ve said that there appears to be ample evidence that Thomas used file sharing programs (and that she shouldn’t have let this case go to trial), it would be quite surprising if anyone had any evidence that she was still doing this. As far as I know, the RIAA has not presented any such evidence at all. Demanding an injunction, then, seems quite strange.
On top of that, the RIAA appears to falsely claim (or the AP reporter misquoted the RIAA) that Thomas “distributed more than 1,700 songs to millions of others through the file-sharing system Kazaa.” That may be true, but it certainly was not shown in court at all. The RIAA only named 24 songs she was charged with sharing, and then did not present any evidence that she actually shared any of them with anyone other than the RIAA’s own investigators. The claim that she “distributed more than 1,700 songs to millions of others” was not proven at all, and in fact this entire new trial was because the judge originally made the mistake of assuming “making available” meant distribution. It does not. For the RIAA to misstate this point is really quite odd.