Minnesota Mom Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Downloading 24 Songs...WTF?!?

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 7 years ago '07        #1
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Minnesota Mom Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Downloading 24 Songs...WTF?!?
 

 

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^^^Jammie Thomas-Rasset^^^

What's the value of a song? Jammie Thomas-Rasset has spent the last few years in court debating that question. The Minnesota mother of four is being penalized for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs on the peer-to-peer file-sharing network Kazaa in 2006,image but how much she owes the record labels has been in question. The jury in her third trial has just ruled that Thomas-Rasset should pay Capitol Records $1.5 million, imageCNET reports, which breaks down to $62,500 per song. It's a heavy penalty considering the 24 tunes would only cost approximately $24 on iTunes, which was Thomas-Rasset' argument, too.

Thanks to Thomas-Rasset's colorful case, she has become the public face of the record industry's battle with illegal downloaders. In her first trial, in 2007, the jury demanded she pay $222,000 for violating the copyright on more than 1,700 songs by Green Day, Aerosmith and Richard Marx, to name a few. (Marx said he was "ashamed" to be a.ssociated with the "farcical" prosecution of an illegal downloader.) Thomas-Rasset maintained she wasn't the computer user who did the file sharing, and her legal team cited an error in jury instruction to secure a second trial in 2009 that ended with a much harsher result: an astronomical fine of $1.92 million. However, earlier this year a U.S. District Court judge found the $1.92 million penalty against Thomas-Rasset to be "monstrous and shocking" and "gross injustice" before lowering it to $54,000, or $2,250 a song. Thomas-Rasset and her legal team decided to appeal that decision, too.

The Recording Industry a.ssociation of America (RIAA), the organization that represents the four major record labels, was pleased by the most recent decision, even if it has no intention to collect the $1.5 million from Thomas-Rasset. "Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset's willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions," the RIAA said in a statement. Earlier this year, the RIAA offered Thomas-Rasset the opportunity to end the legal battle for $25,000 and an admission of guilt; Thomas-Rasset declined.

Burying a Midwestern mom in insurmountable debt isn't the best publicity move, so rather than argue the labels are entitled to the cash, the RIAA has sought to make this trial into a cautionary tale for anyone considering illegally downloading music -- a reminder that there are penalties. But as the constantly declining weekly Nielsen SoundScan sales figures demonstrate, nothing seems to have deterred music fans from stealing rather than purchasing songs and albums. And in a digital world now dominated by Bit Torrent and Rapidshare, a trial over a music-sharing dinosaur like Kazaa seems nothing but antiquated. (Last month, after a decade of illegal file sharing, peer-to-peer service LimeWire was shut down by the government, much to the surprise of the millions who thought LimeWire had faded years ago into the Internet ether.)

Still, Thomas-Rasset and her legal team are already making plans to appeal, setting the stage for a fourth trial. "The f!ght continues," promised Thomas-Rasset's lawyer Kiwi Camara. Even if Thomas-Rasset were to win the next trial, the RIAA would likely appeal that decision to ensure that copyright infringement without penalization won't happen. This story has the potential to drag on well into the next decade -- when for $1.5 million, all of Thomas-Rasset's four kids could finish law school and take up the f!ght on her behalf.
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67 comments for "Minnesota Mom Hit With $1.5 Million Fine for Downloading 24 Songs...WTF?!?"

 7 years ago '04        #3
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if i was on that peer to peer s**t theyd be wanting that bill gates money from my a.ss like n*gga these documents state you have x amount of songs id just be like do yall accept checks?
 11-04-2010, 06:49 PM         #4
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how in the hell they know it was her?? did she download the music at work or something? school? all she had to do was delete everything off the computer.. and blame it on a hacker stealing her ip.
 7 years ago '10        #5
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made an example of, she wont see tax returns for the rest of her life
 7 years ago '05        #6
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 Crookz said:
even if she wins an appeal she's still taking an L after all those legal fees
if you win an appeal you then file an petition for judgement of legal fees, thus making the RIAA responsible for all costs incurred, plus you could then sue for punitive damages (big moolah)
 7 years ago '08        #7
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 BasedHead said:
how in the hell they know it was her?? did she download the music at work or something? school? all she had to do was delete everything off the computer.. and blame it on a hacker stealing her ip.
You're f**kin dumb....Don't talk
 7 years ago '08        #8
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Lmfao dumb b**ch...

Can't you file for bankruptcy for this s**t?
 11-04-2010, 06:54 PM         #9
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Boy, I hope they don't find me. Kazaa was my s**t back in the day. Luckily the evidence has been destroyed. What Kazaa? What IP address?
 7 years ago '07        #10
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wtf..all this from 2006?...crazy
 7 years ago '05        #11
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 Jade Yorker said:
Lmfao dumb b**ch...

Can't you file for bankruptcy for this s**t?
she can, but that wouldn't be smart. My position would be to f!ght it

RIAA just banks on people's ignorance to levy judgments against them, nobody thinks that they can f!ght them, but people have, and they have won too
 7 years ago '09        #12
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b**ch shoulda smashed that computer with a motha f**king bat. and dumped that s**t in a lake
 7 years ago '05        #13
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 ozWinston said:
b**ch shoulda smashed that computer with a motha f**king bat. and dumped that s**t in a lake
got n*ggas flushing the dope down the toilet..

"n*gga THE RIAA AT THE DOE n*gga, FLUSH THAT NEW CUDI n*gga QUICK!!"
 11-04-2010, 07:04 PM         #14
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lol people still using that old peer to peer s**t
 7 years ago '05        #15
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 DrX said:
lol people still using that old peer to peer s**t
keep in mind she was initially sued in 2006
 7 years ago '08        #16
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 Gm0ney85 said:
got n*ggas flushing the dope down the toilet..

"n*gga THE RIAA AT THE DOE n*gga, FLUSH THAT NEW CUDI n*gga QUICK!!"
I got 500 of them THANGS on the external bruh, break em down into 14s and flip em under the name "Lamar's Mega Mix 2010"
 7 years ago '09        #17
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so nobody can get caught w its s bx right?
 7 years ago '04        #18
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Anyone can get it.
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 Gm0ney85 said:
got n*ggas flushing the dope down the toilet..

"n*gga THE RIAA AT THE DOE n*gga, FLUSH THAT NEW CUDI n*gga QUICK!!"
 7 years ago '10        #20
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...stops downloading....
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