Camara said he’ll take the argument to the appeals court if necessary.
Thomas-Rasset has maintained her innocence from the start, saying she never used Kazaa. She said Thursday that the law allowing for such disproportionate damages needs to be changed, and she’s willing to keep fighting.
“It’s not a fair law,” she said. “In my eyes, it’s legalized extortion.”
When a reporter pointed out that three juries of her peers had decided that she should pay well above the minimum, she said there’s “no rhyme or reason to the numbers” but she respects jurors for doing their jobs.
She said she’s not going to worry about damages until the case is finalized and appeals are finished. Even then, she said, she’d probably file for bankruptcy and write off the damages, rather than pay herself.
“People forget about all of the individuals who work really hard to make music for a living,” she said. “These people are negatively impacted whenever music is stolen and distributed to millions of people.”
In another high-profile case in Boston, a federal judge this summer reduced from $675,000 to $67,500 the amount of damages a Boston University graduate student was ordered to pay. In that case, Joel Tenenbaum of Providence admitted downloading songs between 1999 and 2007. The case is currently under appeal.