It seems like such a long time ago that I was studying Jammie Thomas’ case for my article on digital piracy. It seems that she lost her retrial and has been fined $1.5 million for sharing 1,700 songs. Before her retrial, the RIAA wanted to settle with her for $222,222. She refused.
I do not know why the RIAA persists to sue people who aren’t even doing the most damage. If the RIAA should sue anyone, it should be people running huge server farms distributing illegal music, not single mothers or tweens. The RIAA is clearly using Jammie Thomas as an example. If you download music illegally, you will be severely punished. I think this case should fall under the protection of the 8th Amendment because the fine is ridiculous.
There is no way to prove that those who downloaded the songs that Jammie Thomas shared would have bought the songs otherwise. If it’s free, people will download anything. If they spend their hard earned money on it, they’re going to be a lot more selective about which tracks are worth their money. I don’t understand how a jury could have found the logic of the RIAA reasonable.
Original Source: CNet News