We’ve just checked our archives: it’s more than five years since our first story about a filesharing lawsuit in the US involving Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas (Bulletin, 2-Oct-07). Yet her case continues to make headlines, after five years of appeals at various levels following her conviction that month. The latest development: Jammie Thomas-Rasset (as she is now) is taking her case to the US Supreme Court in one last effort to overturn the $222k she’s been ordered to pay in damages. “Because the damages in her case seek to punish her for file-sharing in general rather than her own conduct in particular, Thomas–Rasset contends that those damages are unconstitutional under these cases,” explains a press release from her attorneys. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will hear the appeal: in May this year it turned down a request for a hearing in the other famous US filesharing case, for Joel Tenenbaum.

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