Minnesota Mom Ordered to Pay $1.5M for Illegally Downloading 24 Songs. A Minnesota mother of four has lost another round in her fight against the record industry. She is now liable for $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capital Records. Jammie Thomas-Rasset illegally downloaded 24 songs and shared them online in April 2006. The verdict handed down Wednesday means she owes $62,500 for each song. Even though the amount is staggering, it’s still $400,000 less than the previous $1.92 million damage award from Thomas-Rasset’s last trial. The Recording Industry Association of America—the trade group tasked with representing the four music labels–once again praised the verdict and gloated. “We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant’s misconduct,” the RIAA said in a statement. “Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset’s willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions.” Thomas-Rasset is expected to appeal Wednesday’s judgment before Michael Davis, the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. He previously reduced the damage award in an earlier judgment against Thomas-Rasset. In 2007 she was ordered her to pay $222,000, however the judge in the case later ruled that he erred in instructing the jury and called for a retrial. In a second trial in 2009, a jury found Thomas-Rasset liable for $1.92 million. However he made a move which didn’t please either side–he unilaterally lowered the verdict down to $2,250 per song.
MADONNA has reportedly moved her new boyfriend into her New York flat. The singer, who has reportedly been dating Jesus Luz since January since she split from husband Guy Ritchie. The 50-year-old introduced Luz to her three children, 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, son Rocco, eight, and adopted tot David Banda, three, last month. A source told the Sunday Mirror: “Jesus has left his old life and his old friends behind. His whole world has turned on its head since he met Madonna. ‘A few months ago he was living at his mum’s place in one of the poorest cities in the world. Now he’s got his feet under the table in a massive mansion block overlooking Central Park. And he’s on the books of the biggest modelling agency in the world. ‘Madonna has changed too. She’s mellowed into a completely different person from the one who was married to Guy Ritchie. She never used to like cooking but now she has really got into it. They laugh a lot and enjoy staying in.’
More about Madonna
Name at birth: Madonna Louise Ciccone
Madonna used a mixture of talent, pulchritude and relentless self-promotion to become one of the most famous recording artists of the 20th century. She released her self-titled first album in 1983 in the guise of a streetwise pop ragamuffin, and over time she kept one step ahead of the game by jumping from persona to persona: dance club queen, balladeer, cowgirl, channeler of the Mysterious East. Her other albums have included Like a Virgin (1984, with the hit single “Material Girl” giving her a new nickname), Ray of Light (1998), Music (2000), American Life (2003), Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005) and Hard Candy (released in 2008, the year she turned 50). She has also acted in over a dozen movies, including Dick Tracy (1990, with Warren Beatty) and A League of Their Own (1992, with Rosie O’Donnell). No stranger to controversy, Madonna has long been a favorite of the tabloids on topics ranging from her racy videos and TV appearances to her sometimes-mystical religious beliefs to her marriages to actor Sean Penn (1985-89) and filmmaker Guy Ritchie (they married in 2000, and announced in 2008 that they would divorce). Her daughter Lourdes was born in October of 1996, fathered by Madonna’s personal trainer, Carlos Leon. In August of 2000 Madonna and Ritchie had a son, Rocco. In October of 2006 they adopted a a motherless 13-month-old child, David Banda, from the African country of Malawi.
Extra credit: Madonna attended the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship… Her daughter Lourdes is named for the site where Bernadette Soubirous saw visions of the Virgin Mary… A fall from a horse in 2005 left the pop star with a broken collarbone and three cracked ribs… The RIAA reported in 2008 that Madonna had sold over 63 million albums in her career.
Madonna appears with Marilyn Monroe in our loop Mole Mania.
The Internet has proven to be where music can be discovered, reviewed, discussed, shared, and purchased. Musicians know this and get online to upload their music and become a part of the world wide music machine process. They come on the Web at every age, at every experience level – musically and computer savvy. From youngsters starting out to seasoned musicians just learning where the computer on switch is, the workings of being on a computer can be overwhelming with everything else they have going on in their lives.
The Web also allows musicians access to music knowledge. Artists will come across difficult terminology and phrases that they do not understand. Compiled in the following mini glossary are music business, digital, organizations, record biz lingo, computer terms and basic need-to-know info. Hopefully, something listed here will help you navigate music online a bit easier, and so you know, this glossary is an excerpt of an extensive list found on Artistopia.
A&R – Artist and Repertoire, aka talent scouts: a record company liaison whose duties may include to find, select and develop the music artist, band and/or songwriter.
Affiliate Program – a way to earn income by linking your Web site to another site, depending on the action taken by the visitor.
ASCAP – American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers which licenses and distributes royalties to it’s members’ copyrighted works.