Wednesday, October 10, 2007

RIAA Convinces Jury to Impose Fines for File Sharing

via EFFector:

Four years after it began, the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) campaign to intimidate music fans by randomly singling out individuals for lawsuits has, for the first time, made it to a jury trial. Despite the RIAA's previous claim that defendants have no right to a jury trial, Jammie Thomas had her day in court in front of a jury sworn to examine the evidence in a fair, impartial manner. The verdict is now in: Thomas was found guilty and is liable for $220,000 in penalties -- $9250 per song.

But despite the verdict, tens of millions of Americans will continue sharing billions of songs, just as they have since Napster let the P2P genie out of the bottle nearly eight years ago. Every lawsuit makes the recording industry look more and more like King Canute, vainly trying to hold back the tide. As for EFF, we continue to believe there is a better way forward.

Read the highlights from Capitol Records v. Thomas in our complete post:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/005471.php

For the Ars Technica article, "RIAA anti-P2P campaign a real money pit, according to testimony":
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071002-music-industry-exec-p2p-litigation-is-a-money-pit.html

For more background on the RIAA's litigation campaign, download EFF's: "RIAA v. the People: Four Years Later report":
http://www.eff.org/IP/P2P/riaa_at_four.pdf

Read EFF's white paper, " A Better Way Forward: Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music File Sharing":
http://www.eff.org/share/collective_lic_wp.php

See EFF's file sharing page: Let the Music Play:
http://www.eff.org/share/

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