MPAA Joined RIAA in Jammie Thomas Case Added: Monday, January 16th, 2012
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Jammie Thomas, a mother of four, known worldwide for being sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for sharing several tracks, currently has to struggle to win not just against the trade group representing the country’s recording industry, but also against the movie industry that decided to join RIAA’s appeal.
The notorious Jammie Thomas case is better known as the “file-sharing mom” case, which was launched back in 2007, when Jammie Thomas was found guilty of sharing two dozen songs through Kazaa and was fined $222,000. A year later she appealed the verdict and the judge decided that the imposed fines were really disproportionate to the damages suffered. However, in 2009 the case was brought to the court again and the defendant lost it. She was ordered to pay $1,92 million, and even in 2010, after she filed for a re-trial, a jury found her guilty again, awarding the music industry with $1,5 million. Finally, the $1,5 million fine turned into $54,000 thanks to the judge saying that the massive damages were really monstrous and shocking. The judge ruled that the award of $1.5 million for illegally distributing 24 tracks for personal use is at least appalling. This award was considered too severe and oppressive, being wholly disproportioned to the offense and obviously unreasonable.
However, now the music industry has filed a brief with a hope to reinstate the initial $222,000. They say that neither the first jury’s $9,250 per case of infringement award nor the third jury’s $62,500 per case award can be more substantial than the Constitution allows. Suddenly, this week the Motion Picture Association of America also filed an amicus brief to join the music industry in the case. They point out that the last court ruling improperly requires rights holders electing statutory damages to prove the actual damages, while demanding such proof could considerably alter well-established ground rules for copyright litigation.
In addition, the movie industry argued that the judge was wrong when ruling that “making a work available” can’t be a part of the distribution right protected by the law. The MPAA claimed it is an international copyright norm having particular importance in our age where third parties illegally make available protected content to millions of Internet users throughout the world.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012
|posted by (2012-01-16 12:49:31)|
|that's pretty fukked up !|
|posted by (2012-01-16 16:59:06)|
|WTF wat kind of BULLSHIT is this 1.9 millions for sharin 24 songs???! O_O|
|24 songs should cost $24 dollars. 0.99 each is what they cost on amazon and iTunes and a judge should recognize this and tell the MPAA and RIAA to go shove it.|
|posted by (2012-01-16 21:32:49)|
|well ofc ppl should pay soemthing extra for downloading but not what they want|
|Well that's the US for you it's alot of f@#$ed people in this country|
|Yeah TeaxASS guy blame the good ol USA! It's called corporate greed and it is everywhere! Why dont we just all donate a dollar and sue the pants off the RIAA and the movie industry and make them go bankrupt! Who needs Justin Bieber or the newest Hollywood trash anyways!|
|corporate greed indeed|
|thnx for the great read as always......my lord 1.5 millon for 24 songs, what was the jury smokeing crack cocaine?|
on another note i saw google is fighting the SOPA and PIPA bill that is soon to go before congress by haveing people sign there online petition.....everyone who can go to google and sign there petition!!!!
|there should be a class action suit against the entertainment industry for tricking people into buying inferior products all the time without knowing just how bad it is until after they wasted their money.|
switzerland has it right, the numbers are exagerated, they are making more money than they admit and they did the same thing about cassette recorders, and vcrs, scanners, photocopiers, etc.
thats like kodak trying to stop digital photos because they aren't buying their film.
there is a reason dinosaurs are extinct.
|yeah, corporate greed is ewverywhere in america, thank god in europe there are still countries that dont follow the US management models (which destroy companies, lives, and economies anyway)||
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