Judge cuts damages in Minnesota music downloading case from $1.5 million to $54,000

“A federal judge in Minnesota has reduced the penalty imposed on a Brainerd woman for illegally sharing 24 songs online from $1.5 million to $54,000,” The Associated Press reports.

“U.S. District Judge Michael J. Davis says in a ruling Friday that the penalty of $62,500 per song imposed by a jury last year was appalling and unreasonable,” AP reports. “He reduced the penalty to $2,250 per song.”

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AP reports, “The recording industry sued Thomas-Rasset in 2006 for illegally sharing music on the file-sharing site Kazaa.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “silverhawk” for the heads up.]

19 Comments

  1. Where’s Derek Currie when you need him? Hey Derek, here’s a song for ya. It’s a victory march against the dunderheads in the RIAA. 

    I give you The Grateful Dead and 
    100,000 Tons of Steel:

    I know these rails we’re on like I know my lady’s smile,
    We see a dozen dreams in every passing mile.
    Can’t begin to count the trips she and I have made,
    But I wish I had a dollar for each time we’ve both been down this grade.

    And 100,000 tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don’t work and this grade’s too steep, her engine’s sure to blow.
    And 100,000 tons of steel, out of control,
    She’s more a rollercoaster than the train I used to know.

    It’s one hell of an understatement, to say she can’t be beat.
    She’s tempermental, more a bitch than a machine.
    She wasn’t built to travel at speed or through mud slides.
    These wheels are bound to jump the tracks before they burn like the ties

    And 100,000 tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don’t work and this grade’s too steep, her engine’s sure to blow
    And 100,000 tons of steel, out of control
    She’s more a rollercoaster than the train I used to know.

    Murphy sure out done himself to pick this stretch of track
    I can only hope my luck is ridin’ in the back.
    Well I have pray to God this ain’t the day we meet,
    I’ve done about everything, but try dragging my feet.

    And 100,000 tons of steel, made to roll.
    The brakes don’t work and this grade’s too steep, her engine’s sure to blow
    And 100,000 tons of steel, out of control,
    She’s more a rollercoaster than the train I used to know.

    Oh, oh I want to go down slow.

  2. Boy, did that woman ever luck out! Now she’ll just write a check and… Wait. $54,000 is still the price of two decent brand-new cars. Unless this woman is independently wealthy, she’s still f****d. I think the RIAA is still getting what they want here. This is about making a point, not about the RIAA getting rich.

    ——RM

      1. Yeah, well it’s up to her whether or not she spreads her legs for some guy. I’m sick of hearing about the poor single mothers, unless it’s a case of being widowed, or abandoned by a worthless husband. There are far too many stupid or gullible women in this country who get themselves knocked up. Feel sorry for the kids who end up with a shitty, under privileged life.

    1. Good point. Songs are worth $2250 each to the RIAA but only a few pennies are given to the artist for each iTunes purchase.

      Someones got some explainin’ to do around here.

    1. It’s called “checks and balances.” As a concept, maybe you’ve heard of it? And the litigants have the choice between a judge only trial and a trial by jury. Next, you’ll be surprised to know, both parties have one right of appeal.
      Welcome to democracy.

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