Monday, July 25, 2011

File Sharing Update

There has been some news in the Jamie Thomas case - she has again been found liable for $54,000 in damages for sharing 24 songs - the amount awarded by the jury was again reduced to $2,250 per song by the Judge in the case who made references to the excessive jury award as being unconstitutional. The damages set by Judge Davis are three times the statutory minimum for copyright infringement. The RIAA has already condemned the decision and stated that they intend to appeal, Thomas who disagrees with the finding that she was guilty of copyright infringement in the first place, plans to cross appeal.

In other news, independent labels have commenced legal action against Limewire seeking $5 million in damages for secondary copyright infringement.

Further Reading
ArsTechnica, Judge calls $1.5M file-sharing judgment "appalling," slashes to $54,000 (22 July 2011) < > at 25 July 2011

TechDirt, Judge Decreases Amount Jammie Thomas Owes For File Sharing Again (Yes, Again); Says It's Appalling (22 July 2011) < > at 25 July 2011

TechDirt, Indie Records Sue Limewire; Feeling Left Out From RIAA Settlement (18 July 2011) < > at 25 July 2011

Digital Music News, Depressing: Indies Suing Limewire for $5 Million... (18 July 2011) < > at 25 July 2011

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