Thomas-Rasset Illegal Download Case Still Being Argued
January 6, 2012 at 3:56 AM (PT)
More than five years after it began, the case of JAMMIE THOMAS-RASSET, the BRAINERD, MN mother of four found responsible in NOVEMBER 2010 for $1.5 million in damages to the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA remains alive.
THE DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE reports, "The RIAA appealed and recently filed briefs in support of its position. The recording group has requested that the court grant it '30 minutes of argument time to address these important issues upon which this court has not previously opined.' JAMMIE THOMAS-RASSET’s briefs in support of her position are due to be filed FRIDAY."
In JULY (NET NEWS 7/22/2011), after declaring that THOMAS-RASSET "lied in her trial testimony," and that her "past refusal to accept responsibility for her actions raises the need for strong deterrence," Federal judge MICHAEL DAVIS reduced the fine for her actions down from $1.5 million to $54,000. The judge had previously knocked down judgements of $222,000 and $1.92 million against THOMAS-RASSET in earlier trials, all of which ended in convictions.
In APRIL 2006, plaintiffs UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, CAPITOL RECORDS, ARISTA RECORDS LLC, INTERSCOPE RECORDS and WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC. brought a lawsuit against THOMAS-RASSET seeking damages for copyright infringement.