For a Song
“FOR a song” is a phrase that means “cheaply”—but don’t tell that to Jammie Thomas. Last week, the 30-year-old unwed mother from Duluth, Minnesota, was found guilty of violating music industry copyrights and ordered to pay a total of $222,000 to six record companies for songs she had shared on her computer using Kazaa, a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing network.
“Despite today’s verdict, tens of millions of Americans will continue sharing billions of songs, just as they have since Napster let the P2P genie out of the bottle nearly eight years ago,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation said after the Thomas decision. “Every lawsuit makes the recording industry look more and more like King Canute, vainly trying to hold back the tide.”