DULUTH, Minnesota — Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two, was found liable Thursday for copyright infringement in the nation's first file-sharing case to go before a jury. Twelve jurors here said the Minnesota woman must pay $9,250 for each of 24 shared songs that were the subject of the lawsuit, amounting to $222,000 in penalties.
"This is what can happen if you don't settle," RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel told reporters outside the courthouse. "I think we have sent a message we are willing to go to trial."
The case, however, did set legal precedents favoring the industry. In proving liability, the industry did not have to demonstrate that the defendant's computer had a file-sharing program installed at the time that they inspected her hard drive. And the RIAA did not have to show that the defendant was at the keyboard when RIAA investigators accessed Thomas' share folder.
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AikonMGB writes: It seems Silicon Graphics Incorporated (SGI) is trying to cut the wind from ATI's sails, looking to stop all sales of ATI Radeon chips. The suit quotes patent #6,650,327, awarded to SGI in November of 2003. This suit came in shortly before DAAMIT announced its hopes for their new "Fusion" CPU/GPU combination.