Friday, October 05, 2007

November RIAA'n

DULUTH, Minnesota -- Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury.

Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties. LINK

Here's that $222,000 playlist:
*Guns N Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" and "November Rain."
*Vanessa Williams "Save the Best for Last."
*Janet Jackson "Let's What Awhile."
*Gloria Estefan "Here We Are," "Coming Out of the Heart" and "Rhythm is Gonna Get You."
*Goo Goo Dolls "Iris."
*Journey "Faithfully" and "Don't Stop Believing."
*Sara McLachlan "Possession" and "Building a Mystery."
*Aerosmith "Cryin' "
*Linkin Park "One Step Closer."
*Def Leppard "Pour Some Sugar on Me."
*Reba McEntire "One Honest Heart."
*Bryan Adams "Somebody."
*No Doubt "Bathwater," "Hella Good" and "Different People."
*Sheryl Crow "Run Baby Run."
*Richard Marx "Now and Forever."
*Destiny's Child "Bills, Bills, Bills."
*Green Day "Basket Case."

She coulda just gone to Wal-Mart and picked up "WOW: This Is Really Shitty Music, Volume 386" for $8.95 - I'm pretty sure all of those tracks are on that compilation.
I propose that everyone chips in to pay her settlement on the expressed condition that the RIAA promises that we will never have to hear any of those aforementioned songs ever again.
It would so be worth it.


edP said...

What I need to find out is how they found her. How did the accusers access the e-evidence from her hard drive to do her in? Did authorities have a warrant to monitor her compu-shit?

I dunno. This is fucked.

Chris B. said...

They don't need a hard drive to track it. They can trace IP addresses (every entity on the internet has one - it's the equivalent of a phone number). So, it's fully possible that she downloaded them and subsequently deleted them. (Like robbing a bank and using the money right away.) She's still liable for taking them in the first place.

Also, you don't need a warrant for anything anymore. We're at war.

The worst part about this finding is that it will scare anyone else they target into submission. Now, the "settlement" letters they send out seem like a deal if they can actually win in court.

This is also why I'm ripping all of my CDs to my hard drive and offering a free copy of any of my music to any of my friends that wants it.