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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Court’s 3rd Ruling: $1.5 Million for Sharing Several Songs

Court’s 3rd Ruling: $1.5 Million for Sharing Several Songs

Court’s 3rd Ruling: $1.5 Million for Sharing Several Songs

Added: Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
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
The Recording Industry Association of America this time is awarded $62,500 for each of the 24 unauthorized shared music tracks by songs Jammie Thomas-Rasset. However, since the presiding judge Michael Davis already lowered the earlier amount from to $54,000 for veering into the “realm of gross injustice”, it’s clear that the case is still very far from being over.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset was the first person in the United States to ever go to the court for unauthorized file-sharing. Recently she has been handed down her 3rd verdict in the long-lasting fight with the RIAA over a few songs she is accused of sharing through the KaZaA, a popular peer-to-peer program.

Three years ago a jury first found Jammie Thomas-Rasset guilty of copyright violation and ordered her to pay around $220,000 in penalties, which was about $10,000 per each downloaded song. The RIAA was quick to suggest that this only can happen if she doesn’t settle, and offered her to settle the case for “only” $25,000.

However, later the US District Judge tossed out that decision, ruling that he made a mistake when he told the jury that making the copyrighted content available could already constitute unauthorized distribution. Actually, the court needed a proof that someone really downloaded them and the artists were harmed.

Last year the next decision was handed out, with the verdict appearing even worse – a total of $1.92 million, which is 8 times more than it used to be. The RIAA, again, hurried to offer Jammie Thomas-Rasset to settle the case for $25,000, but it already didn’t matter – US District Judge reduced the fine from $80,000 to $2,250 per each shared song, making it a new total of $54,000. He ruled that although he understands that the industry needs deterrence, he can’t justify a $2 million fine for merely non-commercially distributing several songs. Besides, the judge underlined that statutory damages must correspond to actual damages.

Either way, Jammie Thomas-Rasset rejected the settlement offer and claimed she won’t accept any offer involving cash fine. So, recently the 3rd, but apparently not the last, court ruling was handed down by a jury. It appeared to be nothing surprising, as the fine was just slightly decreased to $1.5 million. Again, the jury didn’t realize that such amount can’t be used for deterrence, because it simply sounds unreal.

November 10th, 2010

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Date:  Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-11-10 14:42:52)
No avatarits pure geed its ridiculous a couple of songs.i wonder how much the case cost the courts.waste of time and money.

posted by KittyGirl (2010-11-11 03:02:47)
susie107 avatarHaha hilarious. I very much enjoyed reading this thanks Sam.

posted by Blocked (2010-11-11 04:32:23)
menahunie avataryou all know any money doesn't really go to the "artists" they claim to protect; it all goes into their and their lawyers pockets.

posted by Turtle (2010-11-11 17:02:38)
D4T4 avatar$1.5 million or $1.5 billion it doesn't really matter as it won't get paid, bankruptcy is the only option for this lady, so what have they actually achieved? Only the ruination of a young persons life for the want of a few songs. No-one wins, it costs the lawyers a small fortune for nothing in return. It's not even a warning to others because it's so ridiculous and unbelievable.

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