Minnesota Woman Ordered to Pay $1,500,00 for Downloading 24 Songs

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A Minnesota woman has been ordered to pay $1.5 million dollars for illegally downloading just 24 songs using the filesharing program Kazaa.

A federal jury on Wednesday ordered Thomas-Rasset to pay $62,500 for each of 24 songs she illegally downloaded through an online file-sharing program. That adds up to $1.5 million.

The verdict followed the third trial in three years for Thomas-Rasset and proved especially expensive. A few months ago, the Recording Industry of America (RIAA) offered to settle with the mother of four for $25,000, to be paid to a music charity. She refused.

Copyright protection was enacted to protect authors from being exploited by unscrupulous publishers. I don’t think this was what Congress had in mind.

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