Grade A Certified


Posted by J. Tinsley on June 19, 2009

As a person who has been getting music online for years, this is scary news. The RIAA is to the internet, is what PETA happens to be to Obama right now, or at least it seems like. For years, “file sharing” has been a hot topic of discussion and while lawsuits have always been threatened, none actually saw a court room.

Until Jammie Thomas.

Yesterday, a federal jury ordered the mother from Minnesota to fork over $1.92M to the RIAA for copyright infringement on 24 songs. In 2007, she was ordered to pay “only” $220,000 but a mistrial, thus setting the stage for a new one.

This time, she testified that her children might have used her computer to file share on Kazaa. The previous trial, she testified a file-sharing hack or crack hijacked her WiFi connection, even though she didn’t have a WiFi router.

Under the Copyright Act, juries can award damages of up to $150,000 per pilfered track. About $3,500 was the average payment in the thousands of RIAA cases that settled out of court.

That’s the problem, it’s 2009 and people are still using Kazaa. Anywho, no need to go into this any further, don’t need the feds knocks at my door.  In the meantime, let’s take a look at her playlist.

  • Guns N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle”; “November Rain”
  • Vanessa Williams “Save the Best for Last”
  • Janet Jackson “Let’s What Awhile”
  • Gloria Estefan “Here We Are”; “Coming Out of the Heart”; “Rhythm is Gonna Get You”
  • Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”
  • Journey “Faithfully”; “Don’t Stop Believing”
  • Sara McLachlan “Possession”;  “Building a Mystery”
  • Aerosmith “Cryin’”
  • Linkin Park “One Step Closer”
  • Def Leppard “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
  • Reba McEntire “One Honest Heart”
  • Bryan Adams “Somebody”
  • No Doubt “Bathwater”; “Hella Good”; “Different People”
  • Sheryl Crow “Run Baby Run”
  • Richard Marx “Now and Forever”
  • Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills”
  • Green Day “Basket Case”

The most valuable set of music. EVER. After careful review, she’s got some bonafide hits in there, so in an odd sense, maybe it was worth it, I guess.

How ironic she has Destiny’s Child “Bills, Bills, Bills” though. Ok, I’m done.

Jury in RIAA Trial Slaps $2 Million on Jammie Thomas


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