Here We Go!

Music download trial starts in Minn.pdf

Thomas, a 30-year-old mother of two, is the first of 26,000 people sued by the industry whose case has gone to trial. An industry group and three recording companies claim she illegally offered 1,702 songs for free on a file-sharing network.

Her trial offers the first chance for both sides in the debate over online music sharing to show a jury its version of the facts. Opening statements were expected Tuesday morning.

Also Duluth court to host first jury trial over music file sharing – this editor’s archive includes more related articles

Later: JJ Appleton sent me a copy of “Downloader’s Blues” from his latest album

And all I wanted was rock n roll,
But I ended up in this dingy hole.
I had every Beatles song on my drive,
When the cops busted in and they took me alive.

And I hope I get out of jail tonight,
But my daddy is broke; he can’t pay my fines.

Downloader’s blues!

Later: Ars Technica with some courtroom reports: Sony BMG’s chief anti-piracy lawyer: “Copying” music you own is “stealing”; also First RIAA trial gets under way with jury selection, opening statements and RIAA anti-P2P campaign a real money pit, according to testimony