Here’s a good write-up from the AP. And another one from ArsTechnica. And it looks like the good folks at Recording Industry vs. The People will be providing a forum for anyone who is able to liveblog the trial. From the AP summary:
Thomas’s lawyer, Brian Toder, said she was determined to fight. . . . “She came into my office and was willing to pay a retainer of pretty much what they wanted to settle for,” he said. . . . Thomas is at risk for a judgment of more than $1.2 million. . . . “We repeatedly offer out-of-court settlements far less than what the law allows,” [attorney for the record industry] Lamy said. The lawsuits aim to “communicate that there are consequences for breaking the law and encourage fans to turn to legal online services.”
Of course what the record industry doesn’t say is that they have also repeatedly filed claims against thousands of defendants selected essentially at random from phone company billing records, and that whenever any of those defendants have chosen to dispute the charges, the record companies have lost.
Most recently in this case, the judge decided to exclude from evidence some 780 pages of documents from the record industry side, because they failed to disclose them in time.
This is about a different case, but it’s pretty damn funny.