With everyone talking about the Jammie Thomas case, someone who preferred to remain anonymous, alerted us to the fact that Mavis Roy, a woman who did not own a computer for a while, but was still sued by the big record labels, has "settled" her case with the record labels
with neither side having to pay anything. We had written about this case earlier in the year
. She did not own a computer on the dates she was accused of file sharing, and then when she got the legal threats from the RIAA she thought it was a joke and ignored them. Finally, some law students took up her case, and it appears they've worked out this "settlement." While Roy suggests this is a "victory" in that she didn't have to pay anything, she's right that it's not that much of a victory when the recording industry is still able to bring such bogus lawsuits to court with no penalty
"I am still unsettled that the record companies are able to treat upstanding American citizens in this way. Invading people’s privacy and accusing people of things that don’t even make sense. It is such a sad waste of the courts time."
While it's great that she was able to get out of it without having to pay off the labels, nothing about this result provides any incentive for the labels to make sure they have actual evidence before filing future lawsuits.