Music Downloader Fined $80,000 Per Song

June 19, 2009

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Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the lady in the high profile illegal music downloading story that was in the news a while back, just had her second federal trial and has been charged with infringing 24 copyrights (for the 24 songs she downloaded). She's to pay $80,000 per song, a total of $1.92 million. Shiiiiiiiiiit.

As for Thomas-Rasset, she appeared shaken by the verdict but didn't blame the jury. "They did their job," she said, "I'm not going to hold it against them." She added, though, that the recording industry would never collect the money. "Good luck trying to get it from me... it's like squeezing blood from a turnip."

The recording industry lawyers, though clearly pleased, had no desire to showboat this one. The massive damage award, which increased from $9,250 per song in the first trial to $80,000, might sounds like a "win," but will probably stoke grassroots anger against the industry's campaign... if the music business tries to collect. There are hints that it might not.

Hey, I want to download stuff and not have to pay for it. Now, let's see what she got:

  1. Vanessa Williams - Save the best for last
  2. Sheryl Crow - Run baby run
  3. Reba McEntire - One honest heart
  4. Janet Jackson - let's wait awhile
  5. Guns n Roses - Welcome to the jungle
  6. Guns n Roses - November rain
  7. Def Leppard - Pour some sugar on me
  8. Bryan Adams - Somebody
  9. Aerosmnith - Cryin
  10. Linkin Park - One step closer
  11. Green Day - Basket case
  12. Goo Goo Dolls - iris
  13. No Doubt - Hella Good
  14. No Doubt - Different people
  15. No Doubt - Bathwater
  16. Sarah McLaughlan - Building a mystery
  17. Sarah McLaughlan - Possession
  18. Gloria Estefan - Rhythm is gonna get you
  19. Gloria Estefan - Here and we are
  20. Gloria Estefan - Coming out of the dark
  21. Journey - Faithfully
  22. Journey - Don't stop believin
  23. Destiny's Child - Bills, bills, bills
  24. Richard Marx - Now and for ever

Wow, worst $2 million playlist EVER.

Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty [arstechnica]

Thanks to Dave and Pete, who have never copied floppies.

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