Copyright infringement is bad, mmmmkay?

The Rambler has posted lucidly and insightfully on the recent awarding of $1.92m in damages to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in their litigation against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who uploaded twenty-four songs to the Kazaa file-sharing network.

What struck me, though, was that this is the first time one of these RIAA lawsuits has made it before a jury – the rest having been settled out of court – and the jury appears to have gone to town. (BAM! That’ll teach you for not just bending over and settling!) Given that this is the first time this corner of the law has actually been tested, though, I would think it would have far-reaching ramifications for future trials.

More details about the trial itself here.

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