One of my favorite 80’s songs is “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx. Now that I have that out of the way, Marx himself made a statement defending Jammie Thomas. Thomas is the Minnesota resident that was sued by the RIAA and lost in court, penalizing her $1.92 million. Below is the statement from Marx:
As a longtime professional songwriter, I have always objected to the practice of illegal downloading of music. I have also always, however, been sympathetic to the average music fan, who has been consistently financially abused by the greedy actions of major labels. These labels, until recently, were responsible for the distribution of the majority of recorded music, and instead of nurturing the industry and doing their best to provide the highest quality of music to the fans, they predominantly chose to ream the consumer and fill their pockets.
So now we have a “judgment” in a case of illegal downloading, and it seems to me, especially in these extremely volatile economic times, that holding Ms. Thomas-Rasset accountable for the continuing daily actions of hundreds of thousands of people is, at best, misguided and at worst, farcical. Her accountability itself is not in question, but this show of force posing as judicial come-uppance is clearly abusive. Ms. Thomas-Rasset, I think you got a raw deal, and I’m ashamed to have my name associated with this issue.
Although Marx’s statements won’t do much in terms of the RIAA being more lenient, it is interesting to note that one of Marx’s songs “Now and Forever” was one of the 24 tracks that Thomas was forced to pay a copyright infringement fine.
[via Ars Technica]