Woman Fined 1.5 Million Dollars by RIAA

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  1. hellrasinbrasin

    hellrasinbrasin Well-Known Member

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    Afterdawn.com/news

    Last September, Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas was convicted of sharing 24 unauthorized tracks via P2P and was told to pay the RIAA $220,000 in damages. Thomas was granted a retrial however, which has gone to verdict today.

    Thomas was found to have "committed willful violation" of the copyrights on the 24 songs and the jury has this time awarded the RIAA and the media companies $1.92 million USD, equivalent to $80,000 for each song.

    The defendant had been given a retrial because a judge in the original case admitted to making an error in jury instructions.

    The new outcome is substantially worse for Thomas, as the penalty now stands $1.92 million compared to the original $220,000 fine.

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    (CNN) -- A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs.

    Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said.

    Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents.

    She plans to appeal, he said.

    Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the RIIA was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."

    "We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do," she said.

    Thomas-Rasset downloaded work by artists such as No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow.

    This was the second trial for Thomas-Rasset. The judge ordered a retrial in 2007 after there was an error in the wording of jury instructions.

    The fines jumped considerably from the first trial, which granted just $220,000to the recording companies.

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    Hmmm excessive Fines & Penalties comes to mind but thats just me so guys whats your take on the subject
     
  2. Omega Supreme V

    Omega Supreme V I protect those I care 4

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    more than 1million for songs? wtf, that's some BS

    I smell a conspiracy. it smells like rotten eggs.
     
  3. Shin-Gouki

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    The RIAA is rivaling the IRS for who is the biggest group of ASSHOLES!
     
  4. hellrasinbrasin

    hellrasinbrasin Well-Known Member

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    Oh I know I know I haven't purchased Metallica since they became a spokesman for the RIAA and I don't buy Rock or Pop unless its Dated: 1980-1990. I mean really its really close to 2 Million dollars anyway but still that much for "downloaded" songs by those artists.
     
  5. Omnibus Prime

    Omnibus Prime I'm too old for this shit TFW2005 Supporter

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    Clearly much of the sum was punitive damages for having bad taste in music. At least download some old Metallica or something and get Lars all riled up.
     
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  6. Grimlocka go-go

    Grimlocka go-go Back from the Dead TFW2005 Supporter

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    Like she'd ever be able to pay that. WTF? it's not like she was using the downloads to pirate and make money off of these dicks like bootlegers do.

    Retarded Jurors FTL
     
  7. comaface

    comaface Crush, kill, destroy

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    That seems a tad excessive
     
  8. ginrai

    ginrai lost with no way home.

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    just tell her to go buy the albums.. or give them like 300$.. this is stupid
     
  9. guard convoy

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    that is a bit ridiculous there
     
  10. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    99ยข per song, times 24 songs = $23.76

    $1.9 million? WTF?
     
  11. Optimus Sledge

    Optimus Sledge Yar har fiddle di dee

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    I wonder what the fine will be when they find /rs/ on 4chan?
     
  12. ginrai

    ginrai lost with no way home.

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    minds will break.. will be like the unmaking of the world.
     
  13. mrhillz

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    Yeah,,, so I hope she appeals. Seriously though WTF? Is it true that the RIAA went after used cd shops in the 90's like this too?
     
  14. David

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    wow only 24 songs? wow
     
  15. on_a_warpath

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    I wonder how much of that money will actually go to the artists who's intellectual property they're trying to 'protect'.
    Assuming they win, of course.
     
  16. trump

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    She should accept this sum, then pay them back with money made from bootlegging music.
     
  17. Vexza

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    Our economy is getting desperate.
     
  18. newguy

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    Well i only have to pay 160k
    just kiding... or am I?
     
  19. guard convoy

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    i'll be a broke man that's what :lol 
     
  20. Dremare

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    That's a bit much....
     

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