The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) isn't finished making an example of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, the 34-year-old Native American mother of four from Minnesota who was found guilty in 2007 of illegally sharing 24 songs via peer-to-peer. Attorneys representing the RIAA have filed an appeal against last month's decision by Judge Michael Davis to knock the fines down to $54,000.
Thomas-Rasset was originally ordered to pay $222,000 in statutory damages four years ago, an award amount that would eventually balloon to as high as $1.92 million through an appeal that backfired for the Minnesota woman. Through several appeals, that number would fluctuate wildly before once again being dropped down to $54,000 for a second time last month, and neither side appears happy with that number.
According to court documents obtained by CNet, the RIAA is arguing that Judge Davis made a mistake in ruling that simply making a song available through a P2P network doesn't qualify as an intent to distribute automatically constitute copyright infringement. The organization is also fighting the Judge's notion that prior penalties violated the due process cause.
No court date has yet been set for this umpteenth appeal.