The Minnesota mom facing a $1.92 million verdict in a famous filesharing case might -- if she stands her ground -- force Congress to undo the corporate-giveaway nightmare of current copyright law lobbyists for the organized-crime-music-racket crafted at the start of the Digital Age. Until then, the best thing to do is to make your own music, or download music in the public domain, or listen to live music -- anything but pay RIAA members for music.
What's next for Jammie Thomas-Rasset? - Ars Technica
The sheer, outrageous size of the damage award in the case is already prompting calls to change the law. ...
... The Washington lobby group CCIA, backed by AMD, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and others, calls the verdict "ridiculous."
"Our copyright laws are overbroad, being misused and enforced with a zeal out of proportion to common sense," said CEO Ed Black. "When Sony BMG massively and illegally distributed music CDs containing spyware that compromised individual users' computer security and infected government and military networks worldwide, the FTC only ordered them in 2007 to reimburse end-users up to $150 for computer damages. Yet when Ms. Thomas shared 24 songs belonging to Sony BMG and other labels on the Internet, she was penalized $80,000 for each single track."
He concluded, "Copyright law was created in a different era for different business models. It needs to be reformed."
Judge Davis feels the same way and has already "implored" Congress to "amend the Copyright Act to address liability and damages in peer‐to-peer network cases such as the one currently before this Court."