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Thomas fined $1.5M by jury  (Source: AP)
It's like Deja Vu all over again

The battle between Jammie Thomas and the Recording Industry Artists Association (RIAA) has reached epic proportions. The battle revolves around allegations that Thomas illegally shared music and downloaded pirated music using the peer-to-peer sharing platform Kazaa. 

Thomas was back in a courtroom fighting the jury award that would have seen her pay $1.92 million for illegally downloading 24 songs working out to $84,000 per song. The judge in the case reduced that fine to $54,000 in an appeal stating, "The need for deterrence cannot justify a $2 million verdict for stealing and illegally distributing 24 songs for the sole purpose of obtaining free music."

The RIAA later offered to settle with Thomas for $25,000 to be paid to a music charity. Thomas and her attorney refused the offer, and the RIAA then rejected the judges reduced fine of $54,000. After the reduction was rejected, the case went back to court. The jury deliberated for two hours according to the 
Star Tribune and came back with bad news for Thomas. The jury awarded the RIAA a record fine of $1.5 million, which is about $400,000 less than the original judgment against Thomas.

A RIAA representative named Cara Duckworth said, "We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognize the severity of the defendant's misconduct. 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."

Neither Thomas nor her attorney was available for comment on the decision. Looking at the history of the case, it would be unsurprising for another appeal to follow along with another plea from the Thomas camp to reduce the fine.  Thomas' attorney Kiwi Camera said in closing arguments, "She may have engaged in the conduct. That doesn't mean they can take her head and stick it up on a pole."

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RE: Heh
By MrBlastman on 11/4/2010 10:40:01 AM , Rating: 4
She could have even set up her own music charity, like the "Jammie Thomas charity of musicians to fight the RIAA" and won, but no, she didn't and they popped her with a huge fine.


RE: Heh
By sprockkets on 11/4/2010 6:31:16 PM , Rating: 5
You think that is bad?

From a poster reflex-croft at the ars forum:

Some points here for the angry mob:
- She was guilty of this and she knew it
- She was caught red handed
- She was offered a settlement of around $5000 if she agreed to cease the infringement
- She lied in court about her guilt
- She lied in court and attempted to claim her children infringed
- She lied in court and attempted to claim her boyfriend infringed
- She destroyed evidence when it was requested - After the first court case, she was offered a settlement of $25,000, the raised price was due to court costs to the RIAA
- After the second case the RIAA said they were still open to settlement, but she rejected it
- For a third time her verdict has been upheld, but its unlikely she will do the smart thing and settle
- She has the right to declare bankruptcy when all is said and done, and eliminte the entire judgement against her, effectively paying a penalty of seen years bad credit Even now I would bet the RIAA would settle for a tiny fraction of the judgement. The only person standing in the way of this happening is Jammie Thomas. She won't take responsibility for her actions. She does not have to be an 'indentured servant' or even in debt for very long. $25k is the equivilent of a new car. $5k is almost nothing, especially when someone pointed out that even a best case scenario for her had her at $4300 in fines. The only reason there are judgements this large are because of her direct actions.

There is an issue of personal responsibility here. It amazes me how few seem to understand that fact. She dug her grave, now she has to lie in it.

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard

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