Record Industry Argues That Copyright Violation Ruling Should Stand
The record industry is urging a federal court to let a copyright infringement verdict stand against Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas, who was found liable last year by a jury for copyright infringement based on placing files in a Kazaa folder.
The case has drawn significant attention by digital rights advocates as well as media executives. Digital rights groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge filed papers on behalf of Thomas. They argue that equating making files available with distribution will broaden copyright law in a way that could harm many Web companies. "An inappropriately expansive reading of the distribution right will have far-reaching effects on the rights of users of digital works as well as the ability of innovators to find new, legal uses for those works," they wrote.