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Mom Fined 1.9 Million for Illegally Downloading 24 Songs

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CNN: A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs.

Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said.

Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at the fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents.

She plans to appeal, he said.

Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the RIIA was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."

"We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do," she said.

Thomas-Rasset downloaded work by artists such as No Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow.

This was the second trial for Thomas-Rasset. The judge ordered a retrial in 2007 after there was an error in the wording of jury instructions.

The fines jumped considerably from the first trial, which granted just $220,000 to the recording companies.

Thomas-Rasset is married with four children and works for an Indian tribe in Minnesota.

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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kristy June 19, 2009, 1:35 PM

Oh Please, this is ridiculous!

Everyone, and i mean EVERYONE downloads music illegally, I don’t care who you are, you’ve done it at one time or another.

1.9 Million is a little outrageous, don’t you think?

Dels June 19, 2009, 3:10 PM

outrageous isn’t the word!! I wonder how she got busted and what sites did she use?? 1.9 mil? Seriously, we are not talking about Madoff here, this was only 24 songs, equivalent to 2 albums. 2 cds nowadays, how much is that? 20 bucks??

Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous June 20, 2009, 7:33 PM

COME ON! Can they really make this stick? I mean, what makes them think that if she didn’t pay 99 cents, she is gonna be able to pay 1.9 mil????

Gail Cooke June 20, 2009, 10:35 PM

Absolutely unbelievable.

the fixer January 16, 2011, 6:43 PM

Discusting that a judge or a jury could do this and sleep at night, I hope they burn in hell.

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