The RIAA, in a case filed against a 16-year old girl, has rejected the damages awarded it by a judge and taken the case to an expensive jury trial in pursuit of a bigger payout. The judge specified the payout at $200 per shared song, accepting the girl’s claim that at the time, she knew nothing about the illegality of her actions. That’s not enough to get her off the hook–ignorance of the law is not a defense–but it allows a presiding judge to set per-song damages below the $750 minimum.
If nothing else, this finally lays to rest the RIAA’s claim that its “sue everyone” legal strategy is not about money.
RIAA rejects damage award, forces trial, looks hypocritical [Ars Technica]