RIAA loses $222K verdict

What a twist! The RIAA now has zero wins at trial, says Wired.
RIAA loses $222K verdict against Jammy Thomas | ZDNet Government | ZDNet.com

The $222,000 verdict against Jammy Thomas for copyright infringement by P2P is no more. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Davis dismissed the verdict (PDF), saying it was based on the faulty â..making availableâ. theory of distribution. Thomas will face a new trial, in which the RIAA will have to prove actual distribution.

Unfortunately, they reversed the notion that RIAA-sanctioned investigators downloading music were not considered “unauthorized”::

One important tidbit, little noticed yet, pointed out by Excess Copyright: â..distribution to an investigator, such as MediaSentry, can constitute unauthorized distribution.â.

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