Items tagged with Jammie Thomas

For the defendant, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, she had to be thinking that perhaps a retrial was not such a good idea after all, after hearing the verdict.The trial, which began Monday, concluded Thursday with Thomas-Rasset found guilty of willful copyright infringement.  She must now pay the recording industry $1.92 million.The jury imposed damages against Thomas-Rasset, a huge $80,000 for each of the 24 songs she was found guilty of illegally sharing.  The original 2007 verdict saddled Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 in damages, or $9,250 per song. According to Ars, upon hearing the verdict,... Read more...
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Michael Davis of Duluth, Minnesota, declared a mistrial in the case of Jammie Thomas (pictured), the only person to take an RIAA lawsuit to trial (all others have settled out of court).  She lost her trial last year, but Davis, who presided in that trial, ruled that he erred during jury instructions and set aside the judgment, calling it a mistrial.In his ruling, Davis said:"Jury Instruction No. 15 was erroneous, and that error substantially prejudiced Thomas' rights. Based on the court's error in instructing the jury, it grants Thomas a new trial."Instruction... Read more...
You might remember Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman who lost a court case over music sharing and was ordered to pay the recording industry $222,000 for copyright violations related to sharing songs.  Despite the fact that it was never proven that she downloaded any songs, she was convicted of sharing the songs from her PC.  Ah, but they also never proved that anyone had in fact downloaded anything from her PC, which is the crux of the matter.On Friday the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief the court's ruling should be overturned because of erroneous instructions to the jury.The... Read more...