[JPL] Oh! RIAA! Woman Must Pay $1.5 Million for Illegally Downloaded Songs

onthebeach at aol.com onthebeach at aol.com
Thu Nov 4 12:33:37 EDT 2010

another example of how far wrong a once vibrant industry has gone.  to this day the recording industry barely has a clue that the digital age has arrived some many years ago.  in continuing to pursue these types of cases-with such fervor and insane claims for damages-it has done a disservice to the many who once made a living in the industry.  the head of the largest record label in the world still "boasts" that he doesnt own a computer!  a modern day Nero...

its an interesting view to the flaws in the Justice system too. when you go into court, its truly the "luck of the draw" as to who sits on the bench...illegal downloading has never been dealt with in any coherent fashion with penalties that are even remotely in line with the crime.  the industry succeeded in spending decades of currency with customers almost overnight, leaving it teetering on the abyss having given itself two black eyes.

ah to what once was....still musicians and artists will continue to create and technology will give more people more and easier access to more music than ever before in history. the larger issues of intellectual copyright protection remain serious questions to ponder.  while content will retain an important position atop the heap, will "ownership" retain its sizzle without Global standards of international law?  watch what happens to movies over thw next 24-36 months as true high speed broadband becomes ubiquitous, even in the slow-to-catch up United States. 

RIAA. what have you done?

ricky schultz
www.jazzconsultant com
    and coming soon...

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Subject: [JPL] Woman Must Pay $1.5 Million for Illegally Downloaded Songs

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the Minnesota woman who has been fighting the recording industry over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago, has lost another round in court. 
A jury in Minneapolis decided today that she was liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records, or $62,500 for each song she illegally shared in April 2006. 
The Recording Industry Association of America--the trade group that represents the four major music labels--applauded the verdict. 
"We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant's misconduct," the RIAA said in a statement. "Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset's willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions." 
Thomas-Rasset is expected to appeal today's judgment before Michael Davis, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, who had previously slashed the damage award in an earlier judgment against Thomas-Rasset. 
"We intend to raise our constitutional challenge again before Judge Davis," Kiwi Camara, an attorney representing Thomas-Rasset, said in a statement to CNET. "The fight continues." 
The trial is the third for Thomas-Rasset, who was originally accused of sharing 1,700 songs--enough to fill about 150 CDs. After one jury found her liable for copyright infringement in 2007 <http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9791383-7.html> and ordered her to pay $222,000, the judge in the case later ruled that he erred in instructing the jury and called for a retrial. In the second trial, which took place in 2009, a jury found Thomas-Rasset liable for $1.92 million <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10268199-93.html>. 
Thomas-Rasset subsequently asked the federal court for a new trial <http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10280531-93.html> or a reduction in the amount of damages in July 2009. 
But earlier this year, the judge found that amount to be "monstrous and shocking" and reduced the amount to $54,000 <http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-10439636-261.html>. Following that, the RIAA informed Thomas-Rasset that it would accept $25,000--less than half of the court-reduced award--if she agreed to ask the judge to "vacate" his decision, which means removing his decision from the record. Thomas-Rasset rejected <http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-10442482-261.html> that offer almost immediately. 
/Updated at 8:20 p.m. PT with comment from Thomas-Rasset attorney, and at 9:10 p.m. to emphasize the illegal sharing aspect of the copyright complaint./ 
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-20021735-93.html#ixzz14KEtQ6SW 
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