Can’t Sell A Million Albums? Sue For A Million Dollars Then

Posted by on November 4, 2010

That’s pretty much the message the RIAA is sending in a recent court ruling against Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been fighting against court hearings over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online four years ago. A jury decided today that Rasset liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capital Records. That’s $62,500 for each song she downloaded. Though this is the third hearing in favor against her, Rasset is planning to appeal today’s judgment.

The RIAA released the following statement regarding the verdict:

“We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant’s misconduct. Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions.”

You can read CNet News’ full report to learn more about Rasset’s previous hearings. We’ve said it before when we were baffled by Gene Simmon’s suing theory, and when we reported about the 16 year old losing his Mustang to the RIAA, but we’ll say it again: record companies are fighting the wrong issue! It’s one thing to go after legit threats like LimeWire, but to spend extraordinary money to make examples out of downloaders is wasting your efforts. Sure, Taylor Swift sold over a million copies of her new album in its first week, but seeing as how the rest of top 49 couldn’t even add up to a million should be enough of a wakeup call. Focus on new ways to increase sales, not on lawsuits to take back money from teenagers.

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  • Nemesis

    Preach on! Seriously…If the RIAA spent HALF as much money trying to fix the real problem, and then maybe save the other half, the industry would be doing so much better!

    I also feel the focus on singles is another problem. I know there is a high profit margin from an iTunes single, but selling a whole ton of one song cannot be as profitable as selling lots of a whole album! Especially since the labels are putting money into the production of the album, musically and the physical package. THAT is what needs to sell. So when labels have pop artists put out 4 singles amidst 8 other songs of other crap, the album becomes a waste of money. Bottom line…put out better music!