- Aug 21, 2003
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- Chattanooga, TN
Jury rules against Minn. woman in download case
By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press Writer Steve Karnowski, Associated Press Writer 2 hrs 13 mins ago
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_tec_music_downloadingMINNEAPOLIS A replay of the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial has ended with the same result a Minnesota woman was found to have violated music copyrights and must pay huge damages to the recording industry.
A federal jury ruled Thursday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.
Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it hit Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 judgment.
The new trial was ordered after the judge in the case decided he had erred in giving jury instructions.
Thomas-Rasset sat glumly with her chin in hand as she heard the jury's finding of willful infringement, which increased the potential penalty. She raised her eyebrows in surprise when the jury's penalty of $80,000 per song was read.
Outside the courtroom, she called the $1.92 million figure "kind of ridiculous" but expressed resignation over the decision.
"There's no way they're ever going to get that," said Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old mother of four from the central Minnesota city of Brainerd. "I'm a mom, limited means, so I'm not going to worry about it now."
Well shoot... I reckon I owe the music industry $184 million by my last count. Will they take a check?
That is just plain nuts. Are they going to go after the other 30-40 million other people who could'nt afford the original CD to begin with and get anything out of them? They going to start throwing folks in jail? Going to repo houses and cars and whatever else a person owns and gain just a pittance of the amount they SAY is due?
Honestly I think they need to go after the software engineers who designed the programs that enabled people to download the songs in the first place. Without the means people wouldn't be able to download them now would they? They could've gone after webmasters or whomever to design whatever downloads are made that they are of poor quality and basically not worth listening to.
Movies usually have anti-pirate coding (which can be circumvented around) on the DVD's so I am presuming that all newly printed CD's have the same thing?
Yet what about the thousands of songs already out there on the Net?
The music industry obviously didn't take in account the potential of a music digitally re-recorded for writing to a CD ROM and didn't anticipate the passing from one person to another.
Funny how they didn't raise THAT big of a fuss when folks were copying cassette tapes or vinyl albums to cassettes.
I'm sure I wasn't the ONLY one doing this... and merely for the reason that there's no way to play a 45 or 33 rpm record in the car.