Jammie Thomas- Rasset was recently ordered by a jury to pay $1.5 Million to Capital Records for illegal downloading and sharing twenty four songs on the network Kazaa back in 2006 as seen in this article.
Jammie Thomas-Rasset is Native American and a Mother of four children who currently lives in Minnesota. RIAA attempted to settle with her back in January for $25 000 and admission of guild but Mrs Thomas -Rasset refused to settle claiming that she has not done so, even so the music was shared under the same screen name as the one under her email account. She said her kids or her ex-husband could have done it. Judging by the song lists (Richard Marx, Brian Adams) it seems to me that this was probably more done by her then a man or her kids.
The punishment seems a bit harsh but the Recording Association of America (RIAA) has claimed that they have settled with other illegal music sharers for 3000-5000 dollars and had offered it to her in the past according to Times Online
As you can read here Songwriter Richard Marx is “ashamed”, that his name is associated with this lawsuit stating that “holding her accountable for what millions of people do is misguided” and he suggests that record companies should be “nurturing to the industry” instead of “Trying to fill their pockets”.
In my opinions artists should get paid.I find it baffling, that this is an issue considering that itunes was created in 2000. In this time and age you can purchase a song between 99 cents on Amazon and $1.20 on itunes. Anyone has access to that. Going however after a mom with that much vengeance is a bit harsh too and in my opinion a waste of time and money as they can’t collect the money anyway since she simply doesn’t have it.
So the fight will continue in more lawsuits to come to any advantage for the music industry, consumers or artist.