RIAA Wins $1.92 M in File-Sharing Suit

June 19, 2009

Billboard is reporting that a Minnesota jury has awarded the RIAA $1.92 million in their lawsuit against a woman named Jammie Thomas-Rasset.
The jury found that she had willfully infringed on record labels' copyrights after she downloaded and shared 24 songs on Kazaa. So that works out to $80,000 in damages per song:

The mammoth size of the verdict, representing $80,000 per track, may help dissuade more P2P users from illegally downloading music, and for that the labels are happy. "We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do," RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth said in a statement. "We are pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable."was ordered to pay $222,000.

This may be a big win for the RIAA, but it’s been mentioned that the size of the damages could lead to a backlash against an industry that is already portrayed as overreaching.

It’s not expected that the four major labels will collect the entire amount from Thomas-Rasset, a 32-year-old Brainerd, Minn., mother of four who testified during the retrial that her ex-boyfriend or sons, then 8 and 10, were most likely responsible for downloading and distributing the songs. Thomas-Rasset lost her previous trial in 2007 and was ordered to pay $222,000.

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