Los Angeles – The federal judge overseeing settlement talks
between Capitol Records and convicted file-swapper Jammie Thomas-Rassett has
appointed a special master to "promote meaningful settlement
discussions," according to the Recording Industry vs. The People blog. The
plaintiffs in the case — labels backed by the Recording Industry Association
of America — will pick up the tab for the special master’s fee of $400 per
Judge Michael Davis in January reduced the amount of damages
Thomas-Rassett must pay from $1.92 million to $54,000.
Soon after, the RIAA
offered to accept payment of $25,000, provided Thomas-Rassett ask Judge Davis
to vacate his reduced damages decision.
Thomas-Rassetts attorneys rejected the
settlement offer, and said in January they would continue to challenge the
constitutionality of even Judge Davis’ reduced damages award.
(Recording Industry vs. The People)
(DMW previous coverage)