Minnesota Judge Orders New Trial, Implores Congress to Lower Statutory Penalties for P2P

Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Joining the ranks of federal district judges in Arizona and Massachusetts, District of Minnesota Chief Judge Michael Davis today concluded [44-page PDF] that simply making a music file available in a shared file does not violate copyright law, and ordered a new trial in Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas.

The RIAA’s continues pushing to rewrite copyright law, and it’s nice to see a Minnesota judge is helping to stop the hemorrhaging.

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