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Music-stealing woman held liable for $1.92 million

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a jury has condemned Jammie Thomas-Rasset to pay almost $2 million, or $80,000 per song, for having downloaded and freely distributed on a web site 24 songs. Seeming unrepentant, Thomas-Rasset testified her children or ex-boyfriend might have downloaded songs to her file-sharing site without her knowledge. But the jury didn't buy it and took only five hours to deliberate. "Good luck getting it from me", she is reported to have said after she turned aggressive after the announcement of the verdict.

This is the first and only suit brought by the Recording Industry Association of America against file-sharers to go to trial, and in fact it was tried twice (the trial judge ordered a retrial after admitting that his jury instructions during the first trial were erroneous).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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