Jammie Thomas Ordered To Pay $1.92 Million

from the bad-bad-idea dept

Last month, we noted that it was a really bad idea for Jammie Thomas not to settle her lawsuit with the recording industry. There was simply way too much evidence for a jury not to convict her. The trial itself was, again as expected, something of a circus, rather than anything interesting or compelling. So, it should come as no surprise that, yet again, Thomas has been found guilty. But what is surprising is that the the jury chose to fine her $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song. That's $1.7 million more than the original trial. $80,000 per song! Still, it was a really bad idea for Thomas to go through with this suit as there was way too much evidence linking her to the music (and too many problems with her own testimony). Now the RIAA is handed a gift. A verdict that it can gloat about and misrepresent to its own advantages. What might be interesting is whether (for all the RIAA gloating) this ruling has a similar impact as The Pirate Bay victory had in Sweden -- galvanizing people to support the Pirate Party. Somehow, the story isn't quite as compelling though.

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    The Infamous Joe (profile), 19 Jun 2009 @ 4:13am

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    Right, so by *your* "logic" she is being sued not only for her direct infringement (which they have no proof of whatsoever, except for what MediaSentry downloaded itself) but ALSO for the acts of the people after her.. but if they then go to the next person down the chain, they are most certainly going to sue for the same exact amount. So, if person A shares with person B who shares with person C and they sue and take into account A, B and C, then they sue person B for sharing with C and D-- they've sued for person B and C twice.

    Seems like a scam to me.

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