Skip to comments.Single mom can't pay $1.5M song-sharing fine
Posted on 11/05/2010 4:23:36 PM PDT by paudio
A federal jury found Wednesday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, of Brainerd, must pay $62,500 per song for a total of $1.5 million for illegally violating copyrights on 24 songs. This was the third jury to consider damages in her case, and each has found that she must pay though different amounts. And after each time, the single mother of four has said she can't pay. "I can't afford to pay any amount. It's not a matter of won't, it's a matter of 'I can't,'" Thomas-Rasset said Thursday. "Any amount that I pay to them is money that I could use to feed my children. Any amount that I pay to them is money I could use to clothe my kids, and pay my mortgage so my kids have a place to sleep."
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Hey, she's a single mom, toss all credibility for responsible living out the window anyway.
Zero sympathy for her here.
If only she had heard of Usenet. Or Freenet. Or Tor. Or..or..
Maybe Olberman can help her.
“Any amount that I pay to them is money that I could use to feed my children. Any amount that I pay to them is money I could use to clothe my kids, and pay my mortgage so my kids have a place to sleep.”
Wasn’t too worded about that when you were downloading all of those tunes.
And I have no sympathy for the RIAA. That organization has been known to follow kids home from school making threats that they were going to take their homes.
I hope they don’t get a dime.
It's possible that she's a widow or her husband abandoned her. Admittedly, it's not likely, but it's possible.
Yep, SSL over Usenet and the RIAA can suck it.
Congress has the power to issue copyrights. Is the remedy only federal? And should it be so draconian?
Stealing is wrong. Even/especially if it is intellectual property. But $62K/song? That seems like over-reach.
Does the fine make the complaintant whole?
I'm not happy with the outcome here, on either end. 30 days in jail for the perp, and restitution should suffice.
she needs a bailout. where are the Dems?
So does she have to be married in order to pay it?
Sorry, but a 1.5 million dollar fine for downloading songs off the internet is ridiculous.
And if she just shoplifted the CD.....
Crazy world...stay safe !
Hope yer well.
The song people don’t want the money anyway, they just want to scare the bejeebers out of others who might do the same thing.
What makes a song worth $62,500?
Awwwww...she broke the law.
She KNEW she was breaking the law.
She didn’t care.
Now she cares.
It doesn't matter. If my dog takes a crap and I say that crap is worth $5 million dollars and you steal it...you owe me $5 million.
That would be "widow" or "abandoned wife" not "single mother".
It's not splitting hairs it's just proper logic.