MINNESOTANS!! Ok ok I know it's big state --Duluth-ians?
Recording Industry vs. the People is looking for citizen reporters to blog/report on the jury trial commencing Tuesday October 2nd in Virgin v. Thomas, where Brian Toder of Minneapolis will square off against Richard Gabriel of Denver.
They say you can phone or email them with updates as to what is going on, we will publish here reports or excerpts of reports throughout the trial. check their info out here.
This case is important because it is the first case the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), basically a propaganda and enforcement arm of EMI (Britain), Vivendi Universal (France) and Sony BMG (Japan and Germany) with Warner Music for is litigating inside the USA:, that's right, at least as far as I know -- nobody has ever been found guilty before a court or jury, in the US, in an RIAA-litigated case.
Here, the RIAA has no evidence that the defendant, Ms. Jammie Thomas, committed any copyright infringement. The RIAA has claimed that it will call Dr. Doug Jacobson (an RIAA "expert") and Cary Sherman as witnesses, as well as employees of the various record companies and of SafeNet/MediaSentry (which is a mediadefender type sleazeball company). They are going to try to claim an IP address is enough evidence to convict Ms. Thomas!
It will be interesting to see how it goes. Follow up on http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com