RIAA setback in Thomas trial

A judge threw out (PDF) the record industry’s $222,000 verdict against a Minnesota woman in her file-sharing trial, “saying it was based on the faulty ‘making available’ theory of distribution. [Jammie or Jammy] Thomas will face a new trial, in which the RIAA will have to prove actual distribution.” (Richard Koman, “RIAA loses $222K verdict against Jammy Thomas”, ZDNet, Sept. 25; earlier here and here). More: another part of the judge’s ruling, however, may be much more helpful to the record labels: distribution to the labels’ hired investigator can constitute infringement (Ambrogi/Legal Blog Watch).

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