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June 19, 2009

RIAA Scores $1.9M Judgement Against Woman Who Downloaded 24 Songs

The suit was a test-case for the recording industry. Yesterday, a jury awarded $80,000 per song for Jammie Thomas-Rasset's copyright infringment.

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 association was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."

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

Sheryl Crow? Good lord, it's a wonder they didn't fine her more than $80,000 per infringment. Federal law allows up to a $150,000 fine each.


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