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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    Bettawrekonize, 19 Jun 2009 @ 1:31am

    Re: RIAA Penalty, Deterrent, Encouraging Fair use!

    I thought I already came up with a solution to this before. If a band doesn't want the RIAA to represent them just put it in the beginning (or ending) of a song.

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090616/0946355250.shtml

    Read where I say

    "This song is released to the public domain for anyone to freely copy, distribute, and play as they see fit. This includes playing the music in restaurants without a license. This disclaimer may never be removed from the song and by playing this song you grant everyone else the license that this song provides you."

    Have someone say that at the beginning (or ending) of the song. People should have a right not to be represented by the RIAA and if people do freely distribute music that explicitly gives them permission to do so, that should be enough proof for a judge/jury that the RIAA does not represent them on that song.

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