Court Backs Labels in First P2P Consumer Trial
Fri, 05 Oct 2007 09:27:17
In the first case to be taken to trial concerning peer-to-peer music sharing, the jury has decided that single mother Jammie Thomas is liable for damages with regard to 24 recordings she posted to the file sharing service Kazaa. Convicted of copyright infringement, Thomas has been walloped with a massive $222,000 fine.
Six labels sued the woman for the 24 recordings, which they say are just a small sample of the 1,702 total files she shared. The investigative service SafeNet tracked Thomas through through her IP address and Kazaa username, though she denied any involvement in file sharing. Speaking on behalf of the labels, the RIAA issued a statement saying, "When the evidence is clear, we will continue to bring legal actions against those individuals who have broken the law."
Ultimately, though, it's highly unlikely that this victory will do much to curb the practice of file sharing. According to reports, the number of P2P users illegally downloading material has nearly tripled since 2003, when the RIAA first started suing individual offenders.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff