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Woman has to pay $80,000 per illegal download (neraly 2 million dollars)
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Posted 6/19/09
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_tec_music_downloading


A replay of the nation's only file-sharing case to go to trial has ended with the same result — a Minnesota woman was found to have violated music copyrights and must pay huge damages to the recording industry.

A federal jury ruled Thursday that Jammie Thomas-Rasset willfully violated the copyrights on 24 songs, and awarded recording companies $1.92 million, or $80,000 per song.

Thomas-Rasset's second trial actually turned out worse for her. When a different federal jury heard her case in 2007, it hit Thomas-Rasset with a $222,000 judgment.

The new trial was ordered after the judge in the case decided he had erred in giving jury instructions.

Thomas-Rasset sat glumly with her chin in hand as she heard the jury's finding of willful infringement, which increased the potential penalty. She raised her eyebrows in surprise when the jury's penalty of $80,000 per song was read.

Outside the courtroom, she called the $1.92 million figure "kind of ridiculous" but expressed resignation over the decision.

"There's no way they're ever going to get that," said Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old mother of four from the central Minnesota city of Brainerd. "I'm a mom, limited means, so I'm not going to worry about it now."

Her attorney, Kiwi Camara, said he was surprised by the size of the judgment. He said it suggested that jurors didn't believe Thomas-Rasset's denials of illegal file-sharing, and that they were angry with her.



I think that the fine she has to pay is outrageous, even for a normal person who probably had no idea of the actions she is committing.
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Posted 6/19/09 , edited 6/19/09
wow
Posted 6/19/09
Shit I'm caught.
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Posted 6/19/09 , edited 6/19/09
I would laugh if the woman was a kid from 10 years old.
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Posted 6/19/09
we're all screwed.......
Posted 6/19/09
i saw that yesterday....i felt so bad for that lady
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Posted 6/19/09
*Deletes music library from torrent folder*
O___O
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Posted 6/19/09
She had to pay $2million when each track would only have cost her 50cent?
What bullshit logic is it to charge her so much?
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26 / M / Norway
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Posted 6/19/09
Stupid bullshit US laws. I hope the guy whom filed the lawsuit dies horribly, seriously.
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Posted 6/19/09 , edited 6/19/09
The thing that gets you caught most of the time is seeding files. Delete them from your torrent library once your done downloading people! :p

Such a harsh punishment for a small crime.
Posted 6/19/09
I hope I won't end up in her situation. I have like a million songs in my music library.
I like her attorney's name, Kiwi Camara. That's so cool.
Posted 6/19/09

Yoshi634 wrote:

I hope I won't end up in her situation. I have like a million songs in my music library.
I like her attorney's name, Kiwi Camara. That's so cool.


Kiwi Camera is a Win name.
Posted 6/19/09
crap. D:
I don't have that money.
Posted 6/19/09
she's gonna have to sell some things . . .
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Posted 6/19/09
wow. and to think that i might have done the same thing.
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