Hey we haven't checked in on Jammie Thomas for awhile.
I am referring to Jammie Thomas, the 30 year-old, non-affluent mother of two who just got kicked in the assets in the amount of $222,000 for illegally trading music files.
She's now asking for donations to her cause in a most interesting way.
Jammie is talking up a free widget called ChipIn. When its few lines of code are installed on a potential donors Web site or MySpace page, it interfaces with PayPal for donations and then brings up a widget that is, in effect, a counter for how much money has been raised.
Not to endorse or condemn these donations, but this ChipIn seems like a really cool tool that more organizations that wish to raise funds via the Intrernet ought to seriously consider.
One "degrees of separation" irony: To raise funds for her legal defense, Jammie is using a widget that interfaces with PayPal. PayPal is owned by eBay, which also owns Skype, which was founded by the founders of Kazaa, the P2P network over which Jammie was charged and convicted of doing that bad, bad thing.
Isn't it ironic, dont'cha think?