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Woman Illegally Downloads 24 Songs, Fined To Tune Of $1.9 Million

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Michael Rielly

Woman illegally downloads 24 songs, fined to tune of $1.9 million

June 19, 2009

CNN.com

By Elianne Friend

EXCERPT:

(CNN) -- A federal jury Thursday found a 32-year-old Minnesota woman guilty of illegally downloading music from the Internet and fined her $80,000 each -- a total of $1.9 million -- for 24 songs. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's case was the first such copyright infringement case to go to trial in the United States, her attorney said. Attorney Joe Sibley said that his client was shocked at fine, noting that the price tag on the songs she downloaded was 99 cents. She plans to appeal, he said.

Cara Duckworth, a spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of America, said the RIIA was "pleased that the jury agreed with the evidence and found the defendant liable." "We appreciate the jury's service and that they take this as seriously as we do," she said.

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Santa Mike P

Hmmm! Expensive music. Even Beethoven's original scores don't get that much at auction. Stealing is stealing.

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SantaBob

This is a larger fine then one would get steeling from a person directly. I understand the stealing is stealing but there is also the old saying let the punishment fit the crime. If they stole 32 songs how can that be over 1 million dollars in fines? I guess I have been disagreeable lately but to me this is out of control.

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Santa Bill

I will grant you she should be finded But $1.9 Mill. no way. That just does not make any sence to me.

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Elf Gary

I have to agree stealing is wrong and people who download music and movies never assume they are the ones to be made an example of and that is exactly what happened here - she was made an example of.

It was a prohibitive fine but as i said someone had to take it on the chin.

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Der Kringle

Speaking as an artist who has had to defend his copyright, I think she got off easy. There are too many people out there who think because artwork is on the internet, it's free for the taking. It is STEALING! Just as if you walked into somebody's house and started taking stuff.

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Santa-MD

That fine is ridiculous! If she had walked into a store and stolen the actual, physical product, she would never have faced anything near that level of fine as punishment, and there is no reasonable justification for having the punishment in this case be so onerous. The point to be made, and making an example of her could have been accomplished at a fine of around $6,000 (more than 250 times the value of what she stole), or even 10,000. An already very harsh fine, that would serve plenty as a warning to others would be $50,000 (over $2,000 per 99 cent song). In my mind, a fine of this amount places this in league with the coffee/McDonald's award. Becoming the punch line to a joke does not make good sense, and certainly is not justice. Justice wasn't just blindfolded in this case, but her hands were bound, ears plugged, mouth gagged, and she was weighed down with her scale and thrown into the Everglades for the gators.

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SantaJoe

I think this is ludicrous (?sp)! If they wanted to make an example of someone, pick the geek who has downloaded 10, 000 songs....they're out there. If one puts images, songs or music out there on the net they need to know that they run the risk of it being without permission. The fine is CRAP she could bought the music for $30.

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SantaShawnH

The judgment is rough but I'm not terribly sympathetic for this woman. Another article on this reports...

"Cara Duckworth, for the RIAA, said that the industry remained willing to settle. She refused to name a figure, but acknowledged that Thomas-Rasset had been given the chance to settle for $3,000 to $5,000 earlier in the case. "Since day one we have been willing to settle this case and we remain willing to do so," Ms Duckworth said."

This woman was offered a low settlement, which she rejected. And so I don't feel bad for her. She wanted to take her chances with the jury and she lost.

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dvdguy

as an addition to this story, she didnt just steal 27 songs, there was 1700 of them.

They just decided to charge her with the smaller number.

Also its been said that this might be one of the last these lawsuits, as its been said the companies will be working with the internet providers to disconnect these folks.

Still a very large fine, which I think was given to send a message more than anything else

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