Following the story of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the mother that downloaded & shared 24 songs via Kazaa, we find that her appeal to the US Supreme Court had been denied. As such, she is now eligible to pay a fine of $222.000 in damages to the RIAA.
Jammie had been battling the US legal system for quite some time. After several pleas and appeals, she finally agreed that it’s time to take the case to the US Supreme Court, with hopes that RIAA’s financial claims will be reduced to a more appropriate figure. Hence, her lawyers filed a petition, asking the Supreme Court to reconsider a previous decision that ruled she’s to pay $222.000 in damages to the recording industry. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court declined her appeal this Monday.
The decision did not come as a surprise, however, especially if we remember that Joel Tenenbaum shared the same fate when he tried to challenge (with the help of the Supreme Court) a court’s ruling to pay $675.000 in damages for sharing 30 songs, but did put an end to Jammie’s struggle.
Jammie Thomas-Rasset was the first to take a stand against the RIAA. Despite her numerous efforts to highlight an abusive legal system that allows damages of up to $150.000 per infringement, Jammie’s battle is now over.
“As I’ve said from the beginning, I do not have now, nor do I anticipate in the future, having $220,000 to pay this,” she said in an e-mail.
“If they do decide to try and collect, I will file for bankruptcy as I have no other option.”
Commenting on this final decision, she said:
“It is what it is.”