Dear JamieThomas-Rasset, ‘come and work for us’ — RIAA

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Under the give me a phukin’ break heading, Big Music-owned enforcement/blackmail outfit, the RIAA, wants Jammie Thomas-Rasset  to, “publicly extol the virtues of the Recording Industry Association of America’s anti-piracy platformin n exchange, the recording studios’ lobbying and litigation arm would reduce a $222,000 jury verdict the Supreme Court let stand in May — her punishment for sharing 24 songs on the now-defunct file-sharing service Kazaa, writes  David David Kravets  in Wired.

Jamie2Having spoken  with, and written about, Jamie several  times, I can  safely say  there’s as much chance of her  saying nice things about the RIAA  as there is of  Cary Sherman, its new boss  and former president, uttering a truthful statement  about file sharing and file sharers.

“However, the 36-year-old mother of four and the nation’s first file-sharer to challenge a Recording Industry Association of America lawsuit, said she would rather go bankrupt,”  says David..

“I’m not doing it,” the Minnesota woman said in a telephone interview…

“She said she earns a small salary working in the natural resources department of a local Native American tribe.

Janmmie was mercilessly hounded and brutalised by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA for sharing music online.

The Big 4 says she’s a criminal and thief, although nothing has been stolen and no crime has been committed. But that’s the RIAA for you.  don’t let a small thing like  accuracy stand in the way  of disseminating  misinformation  and outright lies.

With  outgoing   (outgone) RIAA boss Mitch Bainwol and his consigliere, Cary Sherman, in the lead, they chased her through the courts until, following her third trial,  she was ordered to somehow come up with $1.5 million.

For what?

For these 24  songs

UMG Vanessa Williams – Save the best for last Sheryl Crow – Run baby run Reba McEntire – One honest heart Janet Jackson – let’s wait awhile Guns ‘n Roses – Welcome to the jungle Guns ‘n Roses – November rain Def Leppard – Pour some sugar on me Bryan Adams – Somebody Aerosmnith – Cryin

Warner Bros Records Linkin Park – One step closer Green Day – Basket case Goo Goo Dolls – iris

Interscope Records No Doubt – Hella Good No Doubt – Different people No Doubt – Bathwater

Arista Records Sarah McLaughlan – Building a mystery Sarah McLaughlan – Possession Sony BMG Music Entertainment Gloria Estefan – Rhythm is gonna get you Gloria Estefan – Here and we are Gloria Estefan – coming out of the dark Journey – Faithfully Journey – Don’t stop believin Destiny’s child – Bills, bills, bills

Capitol Records Richard Marx – Now and for ever

“Having been ordered by successive juries to pay the major record labels $222,000, $1.92 million and now $1.5 million for illegally sharing 24 songs, Jammie Thomas-Rasset exemplifies how both extreme and random these damage awards are”, said the Los Angles Times.

bainwol-shermanTo help put things into perspective, according to IRS figures, in 2007, Bainwol  (right) was paid $1,485,000 for his services. But by 2008, the amount had rocketed to $2,032,072.

Sherman  (left) received $1,331,747 in 2008.

Based on the RIAA’s disclosure form for 2008, it paid its lawyers more than $16,000,000 to recover $391,000, observed Recording Industry vs The People’s Ray Beckerman.

But it isn’t about money or music, and never was; it’s about PR and, ultimately, control of the net as the online coporate marketing and distribution machine. And a multi-million-dollar corporate ‘trade’ organisation representing four foreign multi-billion-dollar corporate music companies — Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (controlled by a Canadian) — in obscene pursuit of one native-American mother.

Jon Newton — myblogdammit

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