Jammie Thomas Refuses To Make RIAA Propaganda In Exchange For Reduced Payment

from the laughable-propaganda dept

Back in 2009, Kevin Cogill, who was given two months house arrest for uploading a pre-release version of Guns 'N Roses' album, was also required to create a propaganda video for the RIAA about how terrible infringement is. Instead, he didn't do that, and started doing interviews explaining how the RIAA "f**** people in the a**." Amusingly, the RIAA then claimed that it was its own decision not to have Cogill create the propaganda video, because there would be "unnecessarily high production costs."

Given that experience, it seems a bit bizarre that the RIAA has suggested that it would accept a lower payment than the $222,000 verdict (the one of a few verdicts that is now the final verdict) requires if Jammie Thomas were to do the same sort of propaganda. She, however, has made it clear that she has no interest in doing that. As she told Dave Kravets at Wired:
However, the 36-year-old mother of four and the nation's first file-sharer to challenge a Recording Industry Association of America lawsuit, said she would rather go bankrupt.

"I'm not doing it," the Minnesota woman said in a telephone interview today.
Of course, bankruptcy declared after the court ruling may not be that helpful, as I don't think she can get out from the amount owed that way (a bankruptcy lawyer recently explained that it is possible, in some situations, to get out of such rewards by declaring bankruptcy before the case is final, but once it's final... not so much). Of course, the RIAA isn't that interested in the money anyway. The focus here has always been on making "an example" of Jammie Thomas and others, in the mistaken belief that it would scare people away from file sharing. That, obviously, would be the same goal of any propaganda video, and it would almost certainly fail.

The issue is that the RIAA and other maximalists still think this is an "education" issue, rather than an issue about how people want to access and share content. The "education" doesn't stop infringement, and it never has. Putting someone that was put through the wringer by the RIAA legal machine in front of a camera would just be even more ridiculous, because pretty much everyone would realize that a forced statement was not sincere, and that propaganda made in response to a required payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars really would just do more to highlight what an incredible bully the RIAA really is.


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:30pm

    Missed chance

    I would be happy to help Ms. Thomas create "a kind of a public statement", if that is indeed all they're asking of her.

     

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    Nick Burns (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:33pm

    Isn't that the same technique Al Qaeda uses on their hostages to force them to denounce their country?

     

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    jameshogg (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:35pm

    Education is about reading the copyright laws and ridiculing them.

    Its transparent contradictions.
    Its rationalisations.
    Its blatant disregard for revolutionary technology.
    Its slippery slopes.
    Its encouragement of delusions towards creators.
    Its unfalsifiable tautologies.
    Its impossible balancing act.
    Its a-historial failure to demand free speech regulation without corruption.
    Its war on philosophies that pose a credible alternative to its claims such as assurance contracts.
    Its dismissal of the fruits of labour of derivative artists as acceptable collateral damage.
    Its monopolistic encouragement, both from legal and illegal pillars.

    There is a reason why a child can see through all of it, as so easily demonstrated by the young generation of today who have come to absolutely hate the copyright laws.

    It just takes one person: "why should we have to give up hard fought freedoms in the name of an unenforcable world-fence?" Word gets around, and the revolution starts.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:38pm

    I wonder if she has considered a kickstarter

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 7:13pm

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      Kickstarter isn't for filling industry coffers and it's not a begging platform either.

       

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      PaulT (profile), Jul 12th, 2013 @ 12:48am

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      That would be a misuse of the platform. I'd have donated to her legal defense or a petition to get the idiotic amounts demanded reduced to something realistic, but I wouldn't help her pay the RIAA this amount. Better for them to waste their years chasing the money she clearly doesn't have and will never have (since she didn't profit in any way from her crime - unlike the for-profit pirates the system was set up to punish). They've almost certainly spent far more than they'll ever see from her - and far more than any profits she ever could have lost them in the first place.

       

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    mrtraver (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:42pm

    VC

    She could do the video, but blink "RIAA sux" in Morse code

     

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    crade (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:55pm

    Thats ok, the RIAA's revenues are guaranteed in the laws they write. They don't need to depend on silly things like people actually choosing to deal with them in order to make money.

     

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    out_of_the_blue, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:59pm

    Evidently stubbornness is a piratey trait.

    Sheesh, offered a cheaper way out, she's too stubborn to jump at the chance! -- Fine! Gets ME over lingering doubts about the justice: she's a hardened pirate, arrr! But she'll provide an example one way or another.


    On to amusing example of Mike's ignorance: "put through the ringer" -- College boy, it's "wringer", from rollers that wring water out of clothes, mostly in early washing machines. By the way, those work great and are fun to operate, mindful of fingers. But I'm sure Mike never helped his mother do laundry: his class has servants for housework.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 4:19pm

      Re: Another Stupid OOTB post

      Because I'm sure you know all about getting payoffs from the MAFIAA.

      That or your just a dolt. I'm never sure which.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 6:36pm

        Re: Re: Another Stupid OOTB post

        *you're

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 7:51pm

          Re: Re: Re: Another Stupid OOTB post

          Unfortunately/fortunately this board does not grace anonymous posts with an edit button. I noticed my mistake. My mistake does not make OOTB any less of a dolt.

           

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            PaulT (profile), Jul 12th, 2013 @ 12:44am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: Another Stupid OOTB post

            For what it's worth, it doesn't offer that feature to logged in users either. Sometimes embarrassing, but it at least assures that every word typed is its original form - handy, since the troll would probably edit out their idiocy after it's been pointed out as hypocritical or outright lies.

             

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 4:29pm

      Re: Evidently stubbornness is a piratey trait.

      I was about to mark this as spam but then it hit me, perhaps this Story hits closer to home that you'd like to admit. Perhaps you ran into some trouble with a certain group of people and jumped at a chance for a cheaper way out. Would certainly explain your continued devotion to post here with barely relevant attacks on Mike, its not because you want to be here or because you actually care about discrediting Mike, its just that its the easier alternative (Heck it might even explain why you put so little effort into your posts).

       

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      Reality Check, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 9:02pm

      Re: Evidently stubbornness is a piratey trait.

      Ah, when all reason or logic fails, be a Grammar Nazi.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 14th, 2013 @ 8:02pm

      Re: Evidently stubbornness is a piratey trait.

      Wow, for a change OOTB has made a reasonable point "offered a cheaper way out, she's too stubborn to jump at the chance", this is actually a valid point, and I'm 100% sure she could tell the world that being used as an example by the RIAA has made her life a living hell.

      That said she decided to stand up for her convictions and tell the people who are trying to destroy her "Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me" (to quote a great old song), and I applaud her for it.

       

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    arkiel (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 4:17pm

    I think that in some situations, education would help diminish infringement. Of course, no discussion of music piracy would be complete without a run-down of how the RIAA has utilized huge statutory damages (originally designed to prevent companies from infringing rather than individuals) to ruin human lives in an attempt to bolster their bottom line.

    Education does not help in this case, because the RIAA would invariably use the "starving artist" line, which is a lie (at this point, an outright, dyed-in-the-wool fallacy) to cover up publisher excess.

    Education does not help in this case, because the RIAA has been engaging in the basest (most predictable) form of lobby protectionism, emphasizing dying business models and crushing innovators through legislative and judicial process (hello, mandatory Pandora royalty fees!).

    Education does not help in this case, because the RIAA is human garbage, and everyone should avoid giving them money on the general principle that you should not feed ambulatory piles of garbage. There are still ways to hear music and only minimally contribute to that walking shitheap. Radio and Pandora are the prime examples; yes, there are royalty agreements there, but using radio doesn't actually impact how much the RIAA gets, and Pandora, if nothing else, needs to get motivated to work their own shit out aggressively.

    Jammie Thomas made a principled objection to the demands of a cruel, vicious predator. That creature is human according to Mitt Romney, but commands vast resources and comprised of many individuals, and is effectively immortal. Time for the rest of the world to pull out their own Beowulf, St. George, or Gilgamesh and be as brave as Ms. Thomas, and slay this nasty fucking monster.

     

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      RadialSkid (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 5:09pm

      Re:

      ...because the RIAA is human garbage...

      They're human?!?!?

       

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      Greevar (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 6:33pm

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      Education would only serve to teach people who stupidly unnecessary and unproductive copyright really is. Not to mention how it has legalized the wholesale exploitation of our culture which is now the exclusive private property the media corporations.

      "So, you want your culture back? We'll give it to you at $20 a pop. It will be soaked in excrement and barely work. It will be scanning for eyeballs and if it encounters more than two, it will subsequently ignite your device in a ball of blazing inferno."

       

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    Wally (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 4:52pm

    I am very very sorry but...

    http://youtu.be/up863eQKGUI

    This is why I wouldn't want to make a PSA about piracy... This was meant to be educational and in its quest this video failed to curb software piracy and it only made the BSA look ridiculous. It's the out of touch attitude of the RIAA that will.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 4:53pm

    I hate putt putt

     

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    BentFranklin (profile), Jul 11th, 2013 @ 7:15pm

    Stay strong Jammie. Maybe instead you could make a video denouncing their price fixing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 7:40pm

    Leave it to Pirate Mike Masnick to rush in and defend this slimy perjurer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 11th, 2013 @ 10:17pm

    I can't believe what the MAFIAA Thugs did to this poor woman and her four children. It's going to be hard for them to go to collage now.

     

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    PaulT (profile), Jul 12th, 2013 @ 12:37am

    Well, they need to get something out of her, I suppose. Bankrupt or not, it's clear that no ordinary person can possibly pay the idiotic amount they demanded and she obviously didn't profit in any way from her "crime" so there's no booty to seize either.

    Of course she's not going to make propaganda for the organisation that ruined her life for the equivalent of copying a CD for a friend, something that people were doing every day before the internet made them shit their pants. Good for her for not buckling, since the difference is probably the choice between "bankrupt and life ruined" and "bankrupt and life ruined with a slightly smaller bill".

     

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    Zakida Paul (profile), Jul 12th, 2013 @ 1:58am

    The ironic thing is this. Instead of making an example of her (as intended), they will make her an anti RIAA folk hero. Just like DOJ and MPAA did with Kim Dotcom. They never learn.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jul 12th, 2013 @ 4:00am

    She's just not doing it? I'd be deeply engaged in a campaign to completely trash the already shitty reputation the RIAA still has. Still, I thought she'd cave in to the pressure, you know, with those kids to take care and other stuff to pay. Strong woman it seems.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 15th, 2013 @ 3:45pm

    she is quite stubborn!

     

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