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    Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty - Ars Technica

    Single-mother digital pirate Jammie Thomas-Rasset must pay $80,000 per song - Times Online

    Big fine could be big trouble in downloading case - Yahoo! News

    The $1.92 million verdict against a Minnesota woman accused of sharing 24 songs over the Internet could ratchet up the pressure on other defendants to settle with the recording industry — if the big fine can withstand an appeal.

    "Normally in our American legal system, we say the punishment should fit the crime," said Ken Port, director of the Intellectual Property Institute at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. "Now she's being ordered to pay, in some ways, an incomprehensible amount of damages."

    Port has closely watched the recording industry's case against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, of Brainerd and wrote a brief that helped persuade the judge in her first trial in 2007 to grant her the retrial that ended Thursday.

    In the latest trial, a federal jury in Minneapolis ruled that she must pay $1.92 million for willful infringement of the recording industry's copyrights by posting the music on the file-sharing site Kazaa.
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      This is just rediculous, the RIAA is filled with nothing more than a bunch of money hungry people who know nothing about music except how to make money off of it. They need to consider the fact that if it wasn't for people sharing music online then a lot of artists wouldn't have become as big as they are today, furthermore most people who download something they never listened to before and like it usually go out and buy the albums and tickets to concerts. So what are they complaining about, that they don't have enough gilded accessories in their executive bathrooms...?
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