noah | September 25, 2008 12:30 pm

Yesterday, a federal judge threw out the $222,000 judgment against Jammie Thomas, who was found guilty for sharing a bunch of crappy songs a year ago and ordered to pay the RIAA the aforementioned fine. The judge, Michael Davis, said that he misled jurors when he told them that simply making files available on a peer-to-peer network was the equivalent of copyright infringement, and that there was no proof that Thomas had in fact shared the files. In response, comment sections of Web sites around the world were filled with voices that curiously sounded like that of Nelson Muntz. [CNet]