Wednesday, September 12, 2012

UPDATE: Minn. Peer-to-Peer Song Filcher Socked with $220k Judgment

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has weighed in on the epic three-year litigation war between the Recording Industry Association of America ("RIAA") and Minnesotan Jammie Thomas-Rasset, whose love of sharing copyrighted songs on the defunct KaZaA is going to cost her $220,000.

In Capitol Records, Inc. et al. v. Jammie Thomas Rasset  (Case No. 11-2820), the appellate court assessed the defendant $9,250 for each of 24 copyrighted '80s and '90s hits she downloaded, ranging from Green Day's Basket Case to Journey's Don't Stop Believin'.  The parties have gone through three trials dating back to 2007 and seen damage awards for copyright infringement soar to $1.5 million and plunge to $54,000 (see "TUOL" posts 7/25/11, 1/29/10, 1/26/10).  Rasset was one of the first individuals to contest peer-to-peer copyright suits filed by the RIAA against devotees of defunct companies such as KaZaA and Lime Wire.
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