Woman Ordered To Pay The RIAA $1.9 Mil In File Sharing Lawsuit

In the first file-sharing case ever to go to trial in the U.S., a Minnesota mother of four was ordered to pay the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) $1.9 million dollars yesterday (June 18) for violating music copyright laws.

According to the Associated Press, Jammie Thomas-Rasset was targeted for sharing 24 songs on the peer-to-peer network Kazaa. She will have to pay roughly $80,000 for each track to the four major labels, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The RIAA was reportedly seeking $3.6 million in damages.

This is the second time this case has gone to trial. In 2007 she escaped having to pay $220,000 in the same case after the judge made mistakes when giving instructions to the jurors.

While the RIAA has filed more than 30,000 file sharing suits, this is the first case that actually sat in front of a jury. Most other case settled out of court for an average of $3,500.

There’s no way they’re ever going to get that,” Thomas-Rasset told the Associated Press of the $1.9 ruling. “I’m a mom, limited means, so I’m not going to worry about it now.”

Rolling Stone reports that Thomas’ lawyer Kiwi Camara is looking to find a settlement with the RIAA . - Elan Mancini

  • that nigga

    hahahaha, oh shit. She has to be white. Cuz if that was a black person sayin “There’s no way they’re ever going to get that”, they woulda been jailed immediately. She’s kinda gangsta tho!

    • B.C.

      I can’t believe people still use kazaa… it’s all about that zshare, son!

  • Pierzy

    There goes my future of new music!

    • EReal

      That’s why your boy uses proxy servers and leeches off wireless networks.

      and by your boy, I mean some other guy.

      lol.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Yo, shawty, you want me to get that for you ($1.9 mil)?

    Holla at me…

    –OG Matt Herbz–

    • KO

      PAY UP BITCH….AND THIS OG SUPER HERB IS A FAGGOT WITH NO MONEY.

  • illthoughtz

    seriously? Kazaa?

  • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

    ^^^true dat.
    c’mon now, RIAA… 1.9mil. ya proved ya point by taking her to court in the first place. but ya’ll smokin dope if u think a mother of four, who shared 24 files (wtf???), got 1.9milli. she wouldnt be downloading if she had that bread, she would’ve jus went & supported the artist n bought da cd. damn, its gettin a lil crazy.

  • Detroit P

    That’s just ridiculous….1.9 mill for 24 songs?..Fuck outta here…who came up with that number? Good Luck getting that outta a mom with 4 kids

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    WTF is this? RIAA trippin hardcore now…

  • chad r

    thats what she gets

  • geico lizard

    Im happy I was too lazy to ever download music. I just listen to it online and keep it moving. She must have had Max B’s lawyer.

    Commission!!!

    • http://WWW.XXLMAG.COM NO LIE

      THAT ISH WAS FUNNY RIGHT….MAX B’S LAWYER…

      THAT SUCKER DOING VIDEOS WITH THE RAPPER ON THE WAY TO COURT….HAHAHA

      HE MUST HAVE BEEN COURT APPOINTED!!!!

      OHH… 1.9 MILLI? YEA RIGHT…THATS THE ONLY INCOME THEY WILL SEE FROM MUSIC BEING MADE TODAY ANYWAYS

  • venemez

    Fuck the RIAA

    • RIAA

      NIGGA FUCK YOU GIVE ME MY MONEY FOR ALL THOSE DOWNLOADS YOU CHEAP SON OF A BITCH.

  • HNIC

    What kind of fuckery is this? The RIAA should be sued for allowing so much bullshit music to be distributed in the first place. What do they expect when most albums only have 1 or 2 songs worth listening to on them to begin with.

    Why pay $15.00 & up – depending on where you purchase the album – including on-line, for an album that’s only useful purpose is a coaster, in most cases? Ridiculous!

    We, the people, should start a class action suit against them, in my opinion.

    • white boy


      The RIAA should be sued for allowing so much bullshit music to be distributed in the first place.

      ROTFL

  • HNIC

    For the record, I do support artists who produce quality music. In some cases, I purchase the album from Best Buy, the first day that it drops, depending on the artist.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    Damn, for that kind of cash, I hope those were the rarest 24 songs ever to be recorded. Like some Tupac ft. Bruce Lee shit.

    Elvis ft. The Beatles “I Wanna Hold Your Hand While We Jailhouse Rock”.

    • http://happynappyhead.blogspot.com seattle slim

      *bodied as fuck*

      • Aem

        Probably the funniest thing I have read in awhile.

        ……….Tupac and Bruce Lee….LMAO

    • HOLLA

      TONY GRAND WANTS EMINEM’S ASS IN HIS FACE. HE BLOGGED AND TWITTERED ABOUT IT.

  • Kenya In C

    That number 1.9 mil, is just crazy. $5,000 would have been enough to piss anybody off and teach them a lesson, and that is a figure that could be paid in time, but 1.9 mil? Smsh.

    Even is she wasn’t a mother of 4… even if she was a single lawyer with a Mercedes in a condo with 3 cats, the number is still unfair.

    There’s a statute of limitation for RAPE, but not this BULLSH%T??? What kind of country is this?

  • aquma

    What is that 1.9million suppose to account for? There’s a serious disconnect here between the crime and punishment.

  • $ykotic

    Commission!

    Ya’ll better start getting rid of them Limewire files!

  • BeerGangsta

    Think smart not hard! Read your contract before signing. Get a Lawyer before you try to do any kind of music. It’s only common sense.

  • Jamal7Mile

    1.9 Million??? RIAA pulled that figure straight out they ass! They can’t possibly think that they’ll recoup anything near that amount.

    Slimewire sucks, too. That site has so many dangerous bugs in it, I wouldn’t EVER download anything from there. Best Buy is my spot.

  • http://thepiratebay.org/user/MaxProfit Max Profit

    They aint never gonna get that money.
    And they not puttin any fear in anyone.
    The RIAA are dinosaurs living in the past.

    The industry should be finding better ways to make money. Suing people will just make their problem worse.

    Im Sharing files right now lol!!!!!

  • vhingrhamesonyomomma

    RIAA= Radical.Isaerilies.After.Amounts

    theme music – 50 cent’s “I get money”

    mascot – Lyor Cohen ( yeah he hymey but fuck it)

  • newyawka631

    MORE LIKE SCARE TACTICS,TO SCARE USERS{AND POTENTIAL NEW/FUTURE USERS} FROM DOWNLOADING MUSIC ILLEGALLY.

  • http://DETROITRAP.COM JASON T

    i think thats dope good teach motha fuckas not to rop these talent artists no one buys albums no more they need to keep doin this

  • Quan

    What kind of fuckery is this? The RIAA should be sued for allowing so much bullshit music to be distributed in the first place. What do they expect when most albums only have 1 or 2 songs worth listening to on them to begin with.

    Why pay $15.00 & up – depending on where you purchase the album – including on-line, for an album that’s only useful purpose is a coaster, in most cases? Ridiculous!

    We, the people, should start a class action suit against them, in my opinion.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    . . dont think i could have said it better ..

  • Teddy

    haha she got owned i their so stupid tho do they really think that by doin that all of us r just gonna stop downloading music too many of us u punk RIAA fucks power in numbers bitch u can take 1 out but theres billions of us and were gonna keep taking ya shit for nothing. biatch! i hope they dont read this and track my IP

  • Khayan from the bronx

    What kind of cock sucking bastards would take a single mom to court for millions of dollars. Even though she cant pay it she will always have that judgement on her credit report. The labels can take everybody to court but it will not change shit. Especially with the quality of the bull shit they putting out the days of selling million of copies are dead.

  • Swayz-

    For 24 songs? That’s it? Shit…glad them niggas ain’t catch me

  • http://twitter.com/gavo704 Gavo704

    LMFAO @Tony Grand$

    Damn, for that kind of cash, I hope those were the rarest 24 songs ever to be recorded. Like some Tupac ft. Bruce Lee shit.

    PRICELESS!!!!!

  • King Joffy Joe

    That’s sooooooooo fucked up! And what makes it even worse is that I bet you that the songs she downloaded were either completly trash, or so irrelevant that the rest of the public has forgot about ‘em. She more than likley downloaded some Metallica shit, or maybe some gay-ass David Bowie tracks. The music biz is so lame right now…. lol.

  • THE GM JORDAN

    THATS FUCKED UP

  • matty21

    WOWWW!!! dis is crazy man….dis is bullsht 4real, n what fckin jury would make her pay an amount like dat or even make ANYONE pay ANYTHING…if i was on da jury i woulda said get dis bullsht out of a courtroom 4real…..n deez greedy ass fckin record companies wantin money for us listenin to free music, bullsht…..like dem companies named above don’t have millions of dollars, greedy fckin pricks….can’t believe it, guess dey better come get me n thousands of others too….what a joke….n also a big company like dat takin from a mother of 4 like dat lol n such a big amount for 24 songs lol, dey shuld be ashamed really….der all set for life n dis woman got 4 kids to take care of…wow!

  • matty21

    FUCK EM!!!! Good artists do it for da love anyway, not da money….da money will come….FUCK DA GREEDY BASTARDS, FUCK EM!

  • Big Rek

    This is SO messed up. Wow. I don’t download music illegally, but this is straight up fcking ridiculous. I hope the RIAA and everybody who works for them gets shot in the toe.

  • http://undressingher.com undressingHER

    it’s not that she downloaded them. it’s that her computer shared them on a p2p network with millions of people.

  • lostgyrl

    This is sooo bullsh*t!!! Kazaa??? Never heard of this site. Anyways…. I guess she’s the poster child now!!! I guess I’ll stick with limewire and I-tunes…