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Thursday, 04 November 2010 10:27

Minnesota woman to pay $1.5 million to Capitol Records

Written by Nedim Hadzic

For 24 songs
The land of the almost free has once again put corporate interests above those of individuals and has ordered a Minnesota woman who illegally downloaded and shared songs to pay $1.5 million to Capitol Records. Seeing how this amount will cover the damage for a staggering number of 24 songs, it would suggest that Capitol Record makes $62,500 per song over the course of 4 years (musicians, take note!).

Jammie Thomas-Rasset’s has been fighting in court since she has originally been charged about four years ago. This was the third time she appeared in court with all three decisions going in favor of the RIAA. This time around, the RIAA was pretty glad that the jury recognized “the severity of the defendant's misconduct” and hopes that Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s will finally accept responsibility for her actions.

Thomas-Rasset is not giving up though and her attorney Kiwi Camara confirmed this by saying that "the fight continues." They intend to bring their case to the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Judge Davis, who is no stranger to this case. In fact, earlier this year he reduced the previous court-ordered damages calling the figure of $1.9 million “monstrous and shocking”.

Despite the obvious need to either adapt or miss the evolution train, the music recording industry still chooses to pursue and blame individuals for their lack of inventiveness, which is as Don Quixotish as it gets. Unfortunately, in their spare time when the industry is not diligently recording uninspired, washed up bands and shoving them down our throats, this seems to be the best they can come up with. We just wonder how long will it take until we’re all in this article.

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+15 #1 Jaberwocky 2010-11-04 12:11
Actualy you have hit the nail on the head.The fact that the music industry is pushing out CR*P at the moment suggests that they are in fact doing us all a favour as there is nothing worth downloading. :-)
+18 #2 Morse 2010-11-04 14:13
honestly 1.5mil for 24 songs? i mean all i can say as an 'average consumer' is [censored] capitol records i hope their music is torrented so widely they go out of business.
+6 #3 sidje 2010-11-04 15:01
Well judging by the majority of their latest artists, I wonder why'd anyone torrent them...

And the responsibility talk? So, when did they plan on taking responsibility for Good Charlotte? I mean, of all the crap music in the world, this has to be the most studio polished piece of crap EVER...
+4 #4 gangsta072 2010-11-04 18:39
Music is supposed to be shared with other people and not to be treated like Hashish , 10 bugs a piece... , you know you have clients with protocol encryption...
0 #5 Bl0bb3r 2010-11-04 20:15
Quoting sidje:
Well judging by the majority of their latest artists, I wonder why'd anyone torrent them...

Preemptive pocket-hole measure?

We all agree there's a lot of crap out-there, but we also need at least something new once in a while, can't live on old things forever.
+4 #6 thomasg 2010-11-04 20:18
$62,500 A SONG!!!??? Don't they cost 99 cents apiece (give or take, maybe $2 tops)? Fine her $24 and be done with it.
+1 #7 Fud_u 2010-11-05 00:13
Sometime the law is a bit overkill. In some country, if you steal something, you just have to pay double for it when you got caught. This is Vampire $hit! We need to reform some of this ridiculous laws. Too bad I'm not a rich filthy guy who sat in court and makes decision. I could make the world a more bearable place but no-one would listen to a redneck.
+3 #8 SlickR 2010-11-05 03:29
WOW, 1.5 million, Hey Capitol Records that may be a bit little, why not ask 1.5 billion?

Stupid assholes, hope all songs get torrented, p2p shared and all illegally downloaded.
+3 #9 JAB Creations 2010-11-05 05:44
Greedy jews.
+2 #10 JAB Creations 2010-11-05 08:16
I should point out for people that jews even actively admit they run all of the media...

So only jews and screaming banshee liberals will thumbs down my comments because they don't want people to be open minded to the truth.

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