RIAA Wins First Case To Go Court
The verdict in the high profile, RIAA vs. Jammie Thomas case, is in. The decision is that Ms. Thomas owes the recording industry $1.92 Million.
From what I can suss, the big issue was whether or not there was intent to distribute. From the Star Tribune…
To come to its decision, the jury considered evidence that included screen shots of the online file-sharing network Kazaa, CDs with downloaded and legitimate music, and lists of Thomas-Rasset’s personal CD collection.
During closing arguments, Timothy Reynolds, the plaintiff’s lead attorney, told the jury that Thomas-Rasset gave copyrighted material to “millions on the Internet” through Kazaa.
There are already a ton of people saying that, even though the RIAA won this case, it will reflect poorly on the record industry in the court of public opinion.
Some personal thoughts and observations…
The RIAA is already less popular than Jeffrey Dahmer.
Hundreds of millions of people illegally download music and engage in file sharing.
The RIAA has brought roughly 35,000 lawsuits and this is the first one to go to trial.
The RIAA offered to settle this case all along.
This case sets a precedent.
So, does this case change the file sharing landscape?