Friday, June 19, 2009

Jammie Thomas loses retrial

Jammie Thomas, the single mother who lost one of the few peer to peer copyright infringement cases to go to trial, has reportedly lost the re-trial too. The jury has apparently awarded nearly $2 million in damages against her, which given the jury award at the original trial was $222,000 will probably mean Ms Thomas is now regretting pushing for the retrial. That's $80,000 per song compared to the original $9,250 per song. It's a ridiculous award but it's one of those "sending a message" decisions and actually could have been as much as $150,000 per infringement under US copyright law.

Update: Ray Beckerman has some more details at Recording Industry vs. The People.

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