Court orders Jammie Thomas to pay RIAA $1.92 million

From CNet:

Jammie Thomas-Rasset was found guilty of willful copyright infringement on Thursday in a Minneapolis federal court and must pay the recording industry $1.92 million.

In a surprise decision, the jury imposed damages against Thomas-Rasset, who was originally accused to sharing more than 1,700 songs, at a whopping $80,000 for each of the 24 songs she was ultimately found guilty of illegally sharing..

In 2007, the Recording Industry Association of America claimed in a lawsuit that Thomas-Rasset pilfered 1,700 songs. The RIAA eventually culled that number down to a representative sample of 24.

Thomas-Rasset lost a previous trial in October 2007 when a jury rendered a $222,000 verdict against the Minnesota native. U.S. District Judge Michael David threw out the decision after acknowledging he erred when giving his jury instructions.

According to Ars Technica reporter Nate Anderson, Thomas-Rasset gasped when the dollar amount was read in court.

9 Comments

  1. So, on one side the multibillionaire recording industry is happy that their “moral” values are on the winning side.
    On the other side, the girl’s life is ruined forever. She couldn’t cover those costs even if she sold away all of her organs and bones.
    It’s easy to pick sides.

  2. I don’t really get it. They know that people wont stop sharing music. §1.98 million is a laughable amount in a multi-billion industry. The number is meaningless compared to the fact that this punishment equals destroying a woman’s life for being a 0.000000001% of a problem.

    So all they have left is yet another PR disaster that proves what a club of assholes the RIAA really is.

  3. I’ve been a record collector since the sixties. This is just one more example of how the record industry has fucked their customers time and time again. You wouldn’t believe some of the tricks they have used to screw us, and they wonder why sites like Napster do a brisk business. A previous commentator said that he would never buy music again. He is right to do so. It’s strictly discount shops, private shows and swapping with friends for me now.

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