Jammie Thomas-Rasset Turns Down Fine-Reduction Deal From RIAA
July 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM (PT)
JAMMIE THOMAS-RASSET, the MINNESOTA woman convicted of illegal file-sharing and ordered to pay $222,000 in damages, refused an RIAA offer to reduce that levy if she would publicly campaign against digital piracy. She told WIRE that she would rather go bankrupt.
In a statement, RIAA spokesman JONATHAN LAMY said, "We continue to try to resolve this case in a reasonable way. In the past, for example, we have reached out to MS. THOMAS to settle the case in exchange for a contribution to a local music charity. We have communicated to MS. THOMAS that we would consider a variety of non-monetary settlement options, which is up to her to offer. We think this is a gesture of a good will and we’re doing what we can to resolve this case in a manner that works for everyone."
RASSET's attorney, MICHAEL WILSON, said the RIAA offer contained no specifics on just how much of a reduction it would be. "The record industry was offering a kind of a public statement as a possible supplement so she wouldn’t have to pay the full amount," he said. "It was kind of a general idea, nothing concrete. I would assume it would be something along those lines: anti-piracy and culpability."
However, because RASSET refuses to budge, WILSON is exploring the possibility that she file for bankruptcy protection to keep the damages award at bay.
The RIAA has tried such an offer before. In 2009, an L.A. man arrested for uploading nine unreleased GUNS N' ROSES tracks from "Chinese Democracy," had a potential prison sentence reduced to two months' home confinement and a year of probation when he agreed to do anti-piracy PSAs for the RIAA.