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Ha! The RIAA Is Now Hiring Pirates

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by The Scarlet Pimp, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2008
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    Chair moistener.
    from the "if you can't beat 'em!" dept. :cool:

    Jammie Thomas, a 36-year woman from Minnesota, owes the RIAA $222,000 for sharing 24 songs online. The case was one of the first file-sharing related lawsuits ever and has cost the major music labels millions of dollars in legal fees. Still, the RIAA is now offering Thomas a discount if she will agree to do some anti-piracy work for them in return. However, Thomas is not biting and has resolutely refused the gesture.

    During the last decade the RIAA targeted about 35,000 people in their file-sharing lawsuits and Jammie Thomas is one of their most famous defendants.

    The case is best known for being the first major file-sharing case in the US concerning the P2P activity of a regular user and the vast swings in damages awarded over multiple court hearings.

    Even the Obama administration got involved earlier this year, arguing that the Supreme Court should not reduce the $222,000 fine as that would be an encouragement to other music pirates.

    The Supreme Court listened and eventually refused to review the case.

    The end result is that Thomas now owes the RIAA more money than she can pay, and she's even considering filing for bankruptcy to avoid paying anything. However, the RIAA sees another opportunity.

    Wired reports that the anti-piracy group has offered to reduce Thomas' fine if she agrees to "work" for them campaigning against piracy. While the RIAA probably has the best intentions, for someone who fought legal battles against the music group for nearly a decade, the gesture probably feels like a slap in the face.

    And indeed, Thomas has resolutely refused the offer. "I'm not doing it," she said.