Back in March it was our last report on the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case that lasted for nearly six years, caused a lot of controversy and ended with her having to pay a fine of $222.000 in damages to the RIAA for sharing, back in 2005, 24 songs via the defunct Kazaa p2p client. Now the 36-year ‘file-sharing mom’, as she became known, made the headlines again.
After years of dragging Thomas in courts the RIAA has proposed her a discount in exchange for some anti-piracy services she would help them with. Without trying to hide our satisfaction about it – Thomas answer was a big, fat: NO!
This case was the first to get hugely mediated and one of the most notorious since the RIAA started hunting down file-sharers. For fear that a soft penalty would affect the anti-piracy campaign, and RIAA’s image too much, the Obama administration stepped in, earlier, this year, speaking against any possible that reduction of the $222,000 fine.
After all the noise, Thomas is now left owing the RIAA a great of money which she can’t pay. This made the anti-piracy body consider another option and offered Thomas the ‘chance’ to work for them and reduce her fine.
She didn’t have to ponder much: “I’m not doing it,” was clearly uttered.
When commenting upon the issue the RIAA argues that all their attempts are well-intended and directed towards the less harmful solution:
“We have communicated to Ms. Thomas that we would consider a variety of non-monetary settlement options, which is up to her to offer. We think this is a gesture of a good will and we’re doing what we can to resolve this case in a manner that works for everyone.”
It seems that Thomas may file for bankruptcy and indeed the happy-end of this endless case may be quite hard to figure out. As TorrentFreak points out “everyone involved in the case ends up losing. Except the lawyers.” Although I wouldn’t really picture RIAA as a loser.