Capitol v. Thomas

  1. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.5 Million File-Sharing Fine Reduced, Judge Calls It 'Outrageously High'

    July 22, 2011 3:53 PM EDT A District Court judge has reduced the third verdict in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case to $54,000 (or $2,250 per song), from $1.5 million. The news was first reported by Ben Sheffner via Twitter. The award was higher than the court wou ...

  2. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  3. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, Rdio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Jammie Thomas-Rasset Helped Rights Holders -- Did the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case backfire on file sharers? CNET's Greg Sandoval asks the question after a jury decided Thomas-Rasset owes $1 ...

  4. Jury: Jammie Thomas-Rasset Owes $1.5 Million

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury has decided that Jammie Thomas-Rasset owes $1.5 million for sharing 24 songs over the Internet. Jurors determined Wednesday (Nov. 3) that Jammie Thomas-Rasset from Minnesota owes $62,500 per song. Last year, a federal jury found Tho ...

  5. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  6. Judge Cuts Penalty in Tenenbaum File-Sharing Case by 90%

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Calling the original penalty “unconstitutionally excessive,” the judge in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case slashed to $67,500 from $675,000 the amount the Boston University grad student was ordered to pay for infringing the copyrights of four r ...

  7. The Most Famous File-Sharing Case May Be Headed Back To Court

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Capital v. Thomas, the most famous of file-sharing cases, appears it is headed back to court. Even with the help of court-appointed special master, Jammie Thomas-Rasset and the major record labels could not reach an agreement on a settlement amoun ...

  8. Business Matters: Tenenbaum, Nielsen, Thumbplay

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- In a decision that could help record labels, a federal court in the Northern District of California has said the constitutional limits on statutory damages in BMW of North America, Inc. v. Gore do not apply to awards of copyright statutory dama ...

  9. Business Matters: CRB, Nokia, Android, Peter Gabriel, Live365, Chris Walla and More

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- The third Jammie Thomas-Rasset trial is set for October 4. It will deal only with damages. Thomas-Rasset’s first two trials resulted in guilty verdicts. The first verdict was thrown due to misleading jury instructions. The second verdict was re ...

  10. Strike Three? Thomas-Rasset To Head Back To Court, Again

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jammie Thomas-Rasset, twice convicted of copyright infringement in highly-publicized file-sharing cases, will reject record labels' settlement offer of a $50,000 donation to a musician-related charity, according to reports on Wednesday. On th ...

  11. Judge Slashes Jury's Award In File Sharing Case

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A judge has reduced by 97% the jury's award in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset file sharing case. The news was first reported on Friday by Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights & Campaigns blog. The verdict of $1.92 million for 24 counts of copyright i ...

  12. Business Matters: 'The Long Tail,' Perez Hilton, Rhapsody

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Chris Anderson talked about the "coat-tailing" critics of his book "The Long Tail" at the Commonwealth Club on September 23. "The academics are wrong," he told the audience. "They're just confused. They&# ...

  13. Jury Awards $675K In Boston Music Downloading Case

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Boston University student has been ordered to pay $675,000 to four record labels for illegally downloading and sharing music. Joel Tenenbaum, of Providence, R.I., admitted he downloaded and distributed 30 songs. The only issue for the jury to de ...

  14. Briefs: Live Nation, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation has teamed up with 7-11 for a Slurpee promotion. Slurpee buyers who enter the promotional code, found on the side of the cup, at the Slurpee website are eligible to buy select lawn tickets to Live Nation concerts for $7.11. ( Tallah ...

  15. Labels' Usenet.com Victory Could Set Important Precedent

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry has racked up another significant legal victory over an Internet-based piracy facilitator. In a bluntly worded 38-page opinion, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that a service called Usenet.com violated copyright law ...

  16. Briefs: BitTorrent, Jammie Thomas, Twitter

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Thia was predictable: 41% of BitTorrent users surveyed by TorrentFreak said they will conceal their identities rather than heed ISP warning letters. Only 7% predicted they would obey the warning and stop sharing. The article runs through the gr ...

  17. Majors Welcome P2P Win, But $1.92M Award Could Make For Bad PR

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry secured a resounding victory when a Minnesota jury awarded the four major labels $1.92 million in damages after unanimously finding that Jammie Thomas-Rasset had willfully infringed on their copyrights by downloading and sha ...

  18. Downloading Case Goes To Jury

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury began deliberations Thursday in the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial as attorneys for both sides disputed in closing arguments what the evidence actually showed. An attorney for the recording industry, Tim Reynold ...

  19. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  20. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  21. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  22. RIAA To Pay Over $100K?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA's legal campaign against file traders had an off week; a federal magistrate recommended that the judge award Tanya Anderson $103,000 of the $299,000 she requested, on Wednesday. The labels may file objections by May 27, which an RIAA ...

  23. Labels Win First P2P Consumer Trial

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Twelve jurors in Minnesota decided unanimously this afternoon that single mother Jammie Thomas is liable for infringing 24 recordings she shared over peer-to-peer service Kazaa. The verdict for $222,000 came in the first trial held in a suit filed ...

  24. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  25. Case Summary: No Defenses to Unauthorized Downloading

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Not every person sued by record labels for unauthorized downloading of music has thousands of files on her hard drive. Just 30 recordings were at issue in a suit brought against Cecilia Gonzalez in Ch Not every person sued by record labels for una ...