In 2007 RIAA v Jammie Thomas-Rasset (she was just Jammie Thomas then) resulted in a jury verdict and damages of $222,000 in favor of the RIAA. A few months later the trial judge had second thoughts about his instructions to the jury and ordered a new trial. In 2009 RIAA v Jammie Thomas-Rasset II: Oops I Did It Again resulted in a jury verdict and damages of $1.92 million in favor of the RIAA. A few weeks ago the trial judge reduced the damages to $54,000. Last week the RIAA rejected the reduced award but offered to settle with Thomas-Rasset for $25,000. She rejected the settlement, setting the stage for RIAA v Jammie Thomas-Rasset III: Damages, in which the only issue will be how much the RIAA receives from its suit. Her attorney has committed already to RIAA v Jammie Thomas-Rasset IV: Oops the 8th Circuit Affirms the Constitutionality of Copyright Damages, the Supreme Court Denies Cert, and Thomas-Rasset Has Her Legacy.
Who knows. I am Mr. Glass Half-Empty. Maybe this will turn out not to be a disaster for Thomas-Rasset.