The first P2P case to come to trial in the US has lasted five years and now has three verdicts.
This time a court has ruled that Jammie Thomas-Rasset must pay $62,500 for each or $1.5 million in total. She’s not so Jammie, is she?
The RIAA said that it was thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant’s misconduct.
However it looks like US juries are still having a problem with what is a reasonable amount of damages. Thomas-Rassett placed two CDs online.
While the award is $400,000 less than the previous $1.92 million damage award from Thomas-Rasset’s last trial, there is no way it can be paid with her income. It also shows that juries have not got a clue when it comes to awarding damages.
So far they have awarded $222,000 against her in 2007, $1.92 million during her retrial and $1.5 million today. Another file sharer was hit with $675,000.
It would appear that juries are picking figures out of the air and are coming up with fines much higher than those set by other judges.
One Judge Davis already ruled that $2,250 per song is the most that can reasonably be assessed without veering into “monstrous and shocking” territory.
It is fairly likely that Thomas-Rasset’s fine will be reduced to that figure.
Judge Davis, who has described the case as “Groundhog Day” seems to think that he will be hearing the case again soon.
After the verdict was read out, he smiled walked out of court, shaking his head the whole way.