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Judge in Music Sharing Case
May Grant New Trial


By: Spacelab Research Staff


Remember Jammie Thomas? She lost the first big actual court case to the RIAA late last year when a Duluth, Minnesota court sided with the RIAA and the jury awarded $9,250 per song to the labels seeking damages, which were EMI (Capitol Records), Sony BMG (Arista Records) Vivendi SA's UMG (Interscope Records) and Warner Music Group (Warner Bros. Records).


Now U.S. District Judge Michael Davis has filed an order saying that he might have made a mistake when he told the jury that uploading music to a file-sharing network could be considered illegal distribution. He said that he might have made a "manifest error of law" in what he said, and is considering granting a new trial. Hindsight is 20 / 20.


Jammie's case came down to 24 songs (out of an original 1,702). The total sum she now has to pay out is $220,000, plus legal fees, and the world is watching as Jammie will be put into a bankruptcy-like situation over 24 songs, without any bad intent on her part.


"It's been very stressful. I have multibillion-dollar corporations with their own economies of scale suing me. All my disposable income went toward this case. I didn't do this, and I refuse to be bullied," said Jammie after the verdict was issued last year.

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