p2pnet news | RIAA News:- Last week two off-the-record sources told p2pnet Jammie Thomas, the first of the RIAA victims to actually appear in civil court, was looking for a lawyer to represent her in her appeal.
We were asked to keep it quite for the moment and now , “Sad news!” – says her blog, going on:
“Brian Toder and his law firm are only representing her for the remitter motion currently before the court and not for the appeal due to lack of funds. She confirmed that the donations collected here are still going into her legal defense fund and will be used to finance her appeal. She is now in search of a capable attorney ready to take the appeal either pro bono or for what is raised through fundraising efforts.
“If you can help, please contact Jammie by email: jammie [at] freejammie [dot] com.”
Recently, “In the Bush administration’s most blatant support of the commercial music industry yet, the US Department of Justice has stepped in on behalf of Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA in the Jammie Thomas case,” p2pnet posted, going on:
“The DoJ is filing a brief defending the constitutionality of the $9,250-per-song-file jury verdict, says Recording Industry vs The People.
“America’s top law agency tries to justify the amount by claiming the damages awarded aren’t, “so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportioned to the offense or obviously unreasonable”, and that it’s, “impossible to calculate the damages caused by a single infringement, particularly for infringement that occurs over the internet”.
This appears to be bad news, but it may ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise for Thomas, who lives in Minnesota and who’s the mother of two young sons.
Meanwhile, TorrentFreak has Thomas saying she had no idea who could represent her first time around.
Toder was, “listed on another attorney`s weblog, Mr. Ray Beckerman, as being the attorney from Minnesota who handled cases such as mine,” the post quotes her as saying.
“I feel Mr. Toder performed as best he could considering the financial situation I am in and how much I could afford to pay him and his firm.”
actually appear in civil court – Jammie Thomas: her story in her own words, November 2, 2007
p2pnet – DoJ backs RIAA in Jammie Thomas case, December 4, 2007
TorrentFreak – Thomas Seeks New Lawyer to Appeal the RIAA, January 1, 2008