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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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jun 2009 @ 5:36pm

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    Not at all. It is a basic "conspiracy to commit" sort of crime setup. Basically, She shared the music online with the full understanding that at least one of the people she shared with would in turn share it, it is the nature of the game, right? If she had not made the initial share, these people would have had nothing to share.

    Left hand does not have to know exactly what the right hand is doing to still be liable, when you are all in on the same thing.

    She started an inevitable chain of events which lead to the music being shared widely. Only one person could stop it, her - by not sharing to start with.

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