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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > RIAA Appealed Court Decision in Jammie Thomas Case

RIAA Appealed Court Decision in Jammie Thomas Case

RIAA Appealed Court Decision in Jammie Thomas Case

Added: Sunday, August 28th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
One of the longest file-sharing cases of the century, Jammie Thomas case, has been lasting for more than 4 years up to date, and is still far from over. The case was described as the “first of its kind”, where a file-sharer was being sued for sharing music in the US. The latest news said that the original court decision was reduced many times in favor of the defendant, which is considered a major blow to the music industry. The recent media reports over the notorious file-sharing case of the American girl confirmed the reduction of the Jammie Thomas’s fine from $1.5 million to only $54000.


It was just a few weeks ago that the EFF pointed to the court ruling in this worldwide-known trial, where the judge claimed that the latest award of $1.5 million for uploading two dozen songs by an American girl for personal use is nothing more than nonsense. The judge explained that the award of $1.5 million was unreasonable at least because the girl would never be able to pay this amount. The decision was also referred to as very severe, oppressive, and completely disproportioned to the offence that had taken place. The judge ruled that in this certain case, $2,250 per each shared song, which made a total of $54,000, could be the maximum award relevant to the due process for the US girls having limited means and responsible for illegal non-commercial file-sharing.

After that news the industry observers predicted that the Recording Industry Association of America would never quit the case but keep pushing forward and bring an appeal against the latest judge decision. They were right: the music industry filed an appeal which prolonged the battle that has been lasting for the last 4 years some more.

The RIAA, recognized worldwide as the industry’s most ferocious regulator, has filed an appeal to the case in the American Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis. The music industry claimed that the court’s decision not to classify online activities of Jammie Thomas as a “distribution” under 106(3) of the Copyright Act was a great mistake which will finally encourage both the defendant and the rest of the file-sharing community to commit copyright violation acts further on.

Currently the music industry wants to vacate the jury’s verdict which was based on the interpretation of “distribution” and consequently obtain a 3rd trial.

August 28th,2011

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Date:  Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2011-08-28 20:59:13)
fusseltier avatareventually the courts and judges will get tired of them and tell them to stop bothering them.

posted by Blocked (2011-08-29 01:09:02)
menahunie avatarThe real question is how much has these POS lawyers made in all of this?
I believe the courts are being very fair about the thing and the RIAA is not. The copyright laws were written for pirating for a profit - for commercial intent; you make copies and you sell them.. This is clearly not the case.
Many states have statues in regards to continued filings and appeals unless prohibited would constitute abuse.. The RIAA is getting close to getting themselves fined in the millions by the court and the court can do that.. Watch these POS appeal THAT...
The interesting thing is if the RIA is granted another appeal it would be very very smart for the girls defense to have a jury trial. Have them point out to the jury the RIAA is continuing to harass this girl and ruin her life for what reason? Have the defense point out the RIAA is only continuing to have trials for what? The have a girl without the faintest possibly or financial means pay a judgement way beyond reason... I think the jury wouldn't like that; and if that happened the jury can and should make a judgement against the RIAA for a huge amount - the jury has that power and if the judge informs them of that in the first place.. Again let the RIAA appeal that...
The RIAA; MPAA, and many others call allot of people who use torrents or file sharing software Pirates.
Granted some do and who knows what that number is. The important thing that is really being ignored it this; why are millions of people using torrents in the first place?
many have found it an easy way to move their files when they are not at their main computer.
Yet many have used it to PREVIEW media files.
In today's economy going out to a movie or even buying a cdrom costs allot of money and people who have PREVIEWED this media have found it not worth the high dollar amounts demanded by the RIAA and MPAA as well as others.
They continue with this attitude so you don't like it then tough.. I do that with my business and refuse to use new technology and business plans as well as take that attitude with my clients - I AM OUT OF BUSINESS.
Taking the family out for the night can and does cost at a minimum of at least 100.00 and more; yet these people RIAA and MPAA says yes buy my crappy media and enjoy it because that is all your going to get suckers.
Their monopoly the RIAA and MPAA is gone and they have this attitude still they can control what you and I watch and hear; to a point they do and it is up to you to use your brains to find out what's real and not real.
The RIAA and MPAA as well as other are nothing more than middlemen and they know that and know they re losing out; many performers and movie makers are doing it all.. Then marketing and distributing directly to you and I via the internet...

posted by (2011-08-29 01:48:46)
sdeprivatei avatarHow the hell is reducing the fine to $54,000 going to encourage the rest of the file sharing community to commit copyright violation acts in the future??? Do they think that $54,000 is nothing to an average person? I don't know about you guys, but 1.5 Million or $54,000, I couldn't pay either!

posted by (2011-08-29 13:16:24)
No avatarI wish the RIAA go to China and sue them, they pirated and sold good
They will see what they will get from the Chinese Government
such a waste of time ! RIAA go to hell

posted by (2011-08-30 14:02:12)
D4T4 avatarChina now owns the RIAA and the rest after recently buying them out! lol

posted by (2011-09-03 02:43:17)
DgC_4_Life avatarWow for a few songs....skrew the government & its true what menahunie says shits to damn pricey nowadays I personally wait for a nice BRrip and enjoy in my home with my family......but guess that askin too much....

posted by Blocked (2012-07-29 05:45:05)

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