RIAA vs Thomas-Rasset Fight Will Continue
February 10, 2010 at 4:57 AM (PT)
It appears there will be another round in the JAMMIE THOMAS-RASSET vs. the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA fight, reports THE DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE.
A MINNEAPOLIS jury ruled in JUNE (NET NEWS 6/18/2009) that THOMAS-RASSET downloaded and illegally made available 24 songs for distribution on KaZaA. It found her liable for $80,000 for each of the songs.
A U.S. district court lowered the imposed damages for THOMAS-RASSET last month, with Judge MICHAEL DAVIS calling the $1.92 million judgment "monstrous and shocking," reducing it to $54,000 (NET NEWS 1/22). He gave the recording industry the option of accepting the reduced damages or scheduling a new trial on the issue of damages.
The recording companies announced YESTERDAY that they want a third trial.
"We have done everything within our power to resolve this case on fair terms," RIAA VP/Communications CARA DUCKWORTH wrote in an e-mail. "The defendant is someone who knowingly distributed hundreds upon hundreds of unauthorized songs without any regard for those who created them, likely bent on the brazen assumption that she’d never get caught. During both trials she lied about her actions while under oath."
THOMAS-RASSET responded: "It’s pretty much the same thing I’ve heard from them since day one. It’s no different. It’s the same vitriol they’ve been spewing about pirates destroying their business. Now we get to go back to court where the statutory damages have to bear some semblance to the actual damages and they are scared of that."