In fact, only Jammie Thomas-Rasset has ever appeared before a jury, and her case was a farce from beginning to end.
She was accused of stealing something which was never stolen, lying to protect her family, and in effect depriving the multi-billion-dollar corporate record labels of $1.92 million by sharing 24 copyrighted songs online.
How was the number arrived at? A jury of 12 good people, and true, somehow arrived at the incredible conclusion each of the songs in dispute was worth $80,000, and that Jammie was liable for them.
Now Jammie will become the RIAA poster child of what can happen to people who refuse to toe the corporate line.
But the threat isn’t even smoke-and-mirrors. It doesn’t exist.
The truth is emerging
The chances of any one person becoming a victim of the RIAA, or any of the other corporate music extortion units around the world, is so tiny as to be nonexistent.
But by dint of a massively expensive, and ongoing, mainstream media misinformation blitz, Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US) have been able to create a climate of terror under which people believe they’re a hairs-breadth away from being hauled into court if they dare to share music online.
The labels have have used the issuance of subpoenas to imply some 40,000 or so Americans, including children, have been successfully sued as copyright infringers, and that the vast bulk of them have agreed to ‘settle’ out-of-court for sums usually starting at around $3,000 per person, and rising if they resist.
Now, however, the truth is emerging. Thanks to another RIAA victim, Tanya Andersen.
During the course of the entire RIAA, six-year sue ‘em all campaign, only 18,000 were ‘contacted,’ and fewer than a quarter actually ‘settled, ‘ says Recording Industry vs The People.
Half of those were American students, frightened into paying up thanks, largely, to the fact college staff acted as willing copyright enforcers.
And of the 18,000, less than half — 7,000 — resulted in a lawsuit.
But the RIAA has only managed to get a single case — that of Jammie Thomas-Rasset — into a court-room, and even that resulted in a mistrial. The latest effort is a re-play which, with the incredible jury decision in the background, isnt over yet.
Only 18,000? And only 4,000 have given in to RIAA extortion?
Ex-RIAA legal hack Matt ‘The Dentist’ Oppenheim has been largely responsible for leading the RIAA attacks against Big 4 customers, even though he no longer works for the unit.
Oregon mother Tanya Andersen, and her lawyer, Lory Lybeck, have been single-mindedly seeking class action status against the corporate music industry, their RIAA, and disgraced RIAA ‘investigator’ MediaSentry.
“She fought Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG`s RIAA to a standstill, forcing it to drop its spurious file sharing case against her, and now an Oregon court has awarded her close to $108,000 in fees and costs,” said p2pnet slightly more than a year ago.
The amount, the highest ever, also signals what is in effect a default victory for other lawyers representing RIAA victims.
Tanya won her case fairly and squarely, but the RIAA through the likes Oppenheim are still attacking her.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
worth $80,000 - Jamie Thomas-Rasset`s $1.92 million playlist, June 19, 2009
Recording Industry vs The People – Oppenheim claims RIAA has pursued total of 18,000 defendants, of whom 4,000 settled, , June 28, 2009
p2pnet – Tanya Andersen awarded $108,000, May 18, 2008
Matt ‘The Dentist’ Oppenheim – Matt `The Dentist` in Jammie v RIAA case, June 11, 2009
RIAA ‘investigator’ MediaSentry – MediaSentry and RIAA: government probe?, April 5, 2009
still attacking her – RIAA: still harassing Tanya Andersen, February 13, 2009
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