p2pnet view P2P | RIAA:- On the right, together with her husband and children, is Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a First Nations mother who, although by no means lacking in courage or tenacity, can’t be said to have limitless financial resources and obscene legal connections.
Unlike the Recording Industry Association of America, owned and operated by Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US, but controlled by a Canadian) elements.
That works out to $62,500 for each mp3, none of which would be worth more than 10 or 15 cents per in a real world.
By the same virtue, in a real world, the RIAA would long ago have been disbanded after having been found guilty of extortion and blackmail.
But “the RIAA and the US Department of Justice have filed briefs opposing defendant’s motion to reduce the jury’s award of $1,500,000″, Ray Beckerman points out on Recording Industry vs The People. [RIAA's opposition brief - Department of Justice's opposition brief]
And that’s not all.
“It should be noted that the RIAA’s primary copyright litigation lawyers are now high ranking members of the US Department of Justice”, says Beckerman.
New attorney general
“Just when you thought things couldn’t become any more twisted in the Obushma administration, meet (ex-)Jenner & Block employee Don Verrilli (right)” said p2pnet last spring, going on >>>
If his face seems familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it before.
In Excess Copyright, Canadian copyright lawyer Howard Knopf noted Verrilli “fought and won the Grokster case for the music industry in the US Supreme Court”.
Then, when Obama took over from Bush, Verrilli was named associate deputy attorney general, making him third-in-command in a DoJ now packed with (ex-)RIAA helpers.
He fell in behind another RIAA favourite and (ex-)Jenner & Block employee, namely Tom Perrelli.
Not only but also, he was front and centre on behalf of Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset debacle.
The thrust of the story was: Verrilli might become the new Obama attorney general.
And indeed, that’s now come to pass.
He’ll be in charge of all the other RIAA stalwarts serving on the Obama administration’s DoJ.
Now, in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset vs the DoJ and Big 4 record labels, will justice be done?
Jon Newton – p2pnet
1.5 million dollars – Pay $1.5 million, Jammie Thomas-Rasset ordered, November 4, 2010
disgraced Kazaa p2p file sharing app – Kazaa, the RIAA and Jammie Thomas: redux, November 5, 2010
Recording Industry vs The People – Kazaa, the RIAA and Jammie Thomas: redux, February 21, 2011
p2pnet – RIAA man nominated as America’s Top Cop, January 25, 2011
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