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RIAA Copyright Campaign Finally Goes to Trial


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The Recording Industry Association of America and a mother from Minnesota will face off Tuesday in the nation's first copyright jury trial. The case stems from the music industry's four-year-old legal campaign against peer-to-peer piracy.

The RIAA is seeking millions in damages. The case could set legal precedent concerning the level of proof a jury would consider sufficient to find a defendant liable for copyright infringement. It's also likely to offer a glimpse into the industry's investigative techniques.

The case, Virgin v. Thomas, pits a 30-something woman from Brainerd, Minnesota, against some of the biggest names in the industry: Virgin Records, Capitol Records, Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records and UMG Recordings -- all members of the RIAA.

The industry is seeking as much as $3.9 million in damages plus legal fees against Jannie Thomas in U.S. District Court in Duluth, Minnesota. The plaintiffs accuse Thomas of distributing 1,702 audio files -- many of them copyrighted by the recording industry -- on file-sharing site Kazaa in 2005.

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Good luck Jannie Thomas :dance2: , I hope you win!!!!! :D

The Godfather :please:

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