Kazaa file sharing costs woman $222,000

October 4, 2007 at 8:59 pm | Posted in RIAA | Leave a comment

The first RIAA case to go to trial ended today. The jury awarded the recording companies $9,250 per song for 24 songs.

Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels’ copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas. The jury awarded $9,250 in statutory damages per song, after finding that the infringement was “willful,” out of a possible total of $150,000 per song. The grand total? $222,000 in damages.

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20071004-verdict-is-in.html

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RIAA Counterclaim for conspiracy to commit extortion upheld

September 23, 2007 at 9:43 pm | Posted in asshole, RIAA | Leave a comment

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has a history of breaking into peopl’es computers, filing John Doe exploratory lawsuits and offering people a settlement in lieu of threatened fees of hundreds of thousands of dollars even when they know the defendants are not responsible.

It appears they may be getting their comeuppance.

The court sustained defendant’s counterclaims for

-trespass to defendant’s personal property based on the RIAA’s having accessed files on Ms. Del Cid’s computer without her permission,
-violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act based on the RIAA’s unauthorized intrusion into defendant’s computer,
-violation of Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act,
-a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, and
-conspiracy to commit extortion, since defendant sufficiently alleged “a peculiar power of coercion possessed by Plaintiffs [by] virtue of their combination, which an individual alone would not possess”.

http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/2007/09/5-out-of-6-counterclaims-against-riaa.html

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