RIAA Agrees to $200-Per-Track Settlement

In at least one case, we finally have an answer. A Slashdot post reports that the RIAA has agreed to accept $200 per infringement in the organization’s case against Jammie Thomas, in lieu of the $750 per infringement they usually seek in cases like this.

“[After] the judge denied the RIAA’s reconsideration motion and scheduled a trial date, the RIAA filed papers agreeing to take the $200-per-recording amount. While $200 is still about 600 times the amount of the actual damages, it’s better than paying 26,000 times the actual damages, which is what the RIAA tried to squeeze out of Ms. Thomas.”

Thomas was 16 at the time of the alleged infringements. This was the case that led the lead Sony BMG lawyer to say in court that copying your own music is stealing, even if you’ve already paid for it and it’s for your own personal use. It sounded quite ridiculous in light of how Sony MP3 players come with software that let you do just that.

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