Ridiculous is a term much too poorer for what is happening sometimes these days in courts when copyright issues are at stake.
No need to re-introduce you again to the Thomas-Rasset file sharing case – just check out previous posts ‘cause there are plenty. The ‘file-sharing mom’ as she came to be known has lost again in court after obtaining earlier this year a reduction of the damage fees from $ 1.92 million to $220,000. This time the jury found her liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages for making available on p2p networks those notorious 24 songs. This means she has to pay $62,500 for every damn song she shared. A bit grotesque, wouldn’t you say?
Of course the news made the RIAA jump for joy: “We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant’s misconduct. 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.”
As expected, Thomas-Rasset’s lawyers for the Minnesota will be asking for another appeal.