Despite my earlier comments about the legal issues surrounding the RIAA jury trial case against online file-sharer Jammie Thomas, it seems that the Association has won the case.
Thomas, a single American Indian mother who earns just $36,000 a year, has been ordered to pay the RIAA the astonishing sum of $222,000 in compensation.
Why? Well by my calculation this lady falls into at least five demographically challenged categories in the US - she's a single mum, poor, from an ethnic background - etc., etc.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Ms Thomas is not planning on appealing, as she simply can't afford to.
She will probably file for bankruptcy and the RIAA will get a top reputation for being a right old set of **&%^&*&!
As Douglas Hurd once said - you make something illegal, but successfully prosecuting the case and winning the public over as a result, is an entirely different matter...