Jammie Thomas decided that she wasn't going to settle with the recording industry for the tunes she had downloaded illegally. So the case went to court. Today, she was found guilty and ordered to pay a boatload of money.
The recording industry won a key fight Thursday against illegal music downloading when a federal jury ordered a Minnesota woman to pay $222,000 for sharing copyrighted music online.I think she should be punished, but then again we should all probably be punished as well.
The jury ordered Jammie Thomas, 30, to pay the six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs online in violation of their copyrights.
"She was in tears. She's devastated," Thomas' attorney, Brian Toder, told The Associated Press. "This is a girl that lives from paycheck to paycheck, and now all of a sudden she could get a quarter of her paycheck garnished for the rest of her life."
I've spent hundreds of dollars in the past few years buying music. The only music I have downloaded 'for free' is music that I couldn't find on any of the pay-for music sites. But for all intents and purposes, I'm guilty as well.
Actually, I think there is a better solution. Removal of Digital Rights Management (copy protection). A lot of sites are now doing this. This will encourage people to buy music rather than to pirate it. I expect revenues to go up as a result of this compromise.
As well, I think Jammie Thomas' sentence was much too harsh.
What's your opinion?