Capitol Records Inc., et al., v. Jammie Thomas

Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief Pursuant to May 15, 2008 Order


Last October, Jammie Thomas was found liable for copyright infringement for file sharing, and hit with a $222,000 judgment. Thomas' case was the first file sharing lawsuit to reach a jury verdict.

On May 15, 2008, Judge Michael Davis requested briefing on whether Thomas should receive a new trial. The court said it was concerned that it might have made a mistake by instructing the jury that Thomas could be found liable if she simply made copyrighted songs available in a shared folder. There's good reason for this concern — as EFF noted at the time, and several courts have since affirmed, "making available" is not a cause of action under copyright law. EFF applauds the court's willingness to revisit this crucial question and weighed in as amicus in June of 2008.

This is Plaintiffs' Supplemental Brief Pursuant to the May 15, 2008 Order re: whether to set aside the jury verdict and grant defendant's motion for a new trial.

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Reference Info:Legal Memoranda: Post-Trial Motions | Federal, 8th Circuit, Minnesota | United States

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