Friday, November 5, 2010

Sour Notes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

A Midwestern mother of four has been slapped with a $1.5 million fine. Her crime? Downloading and sharing music. It's the latest in a series of judgments totaling more than $3 million.

Jamie Thomas-Rasset of Minnesota has spent the past three years fighting charges, stemming from downloading songs from Kazaa, the peer-to-peer sharing network. Thomas-Rasset was accused of violating copyright laws when accessing songs by Green Day, Aerosmith and Richard Marx. In a previous trial, Marx said he was "ashamed to be associated with the farcical prosecution."

This is the third time jurors have issued penalties against the Minnesota woman. The first judgement was for $22,000, the second for $1.92 million, and now $1.5 million dollars. Lawyers representing the Recording Industry Association of America said they're willing to settle for pennies on the dollar and an admission of guilt. To date, Thomas-Rasset has refused.

The latest fine breaks down to $62,500 a song.

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