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Woman Must Pay $1.5 Million for Sharing MP3s

Minnesota woman Jammie Thomas-Rasset has been fighting against the RIAA for years now. It's been a constant chase by the RIAA to get Thomas-Rasset to pay up for her filesharing actions over Kazaa years ago.

A jury in Minneapolis decided that Thomas-Rasset must pay $1.5 million in copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records, or $62,500 for each song she illegally shared in April 2006.

This was the third trial for Thomas-Rasset in the fight against the RIAA. In 2007 a jury found her guilty and the courts asked her to pay $222,000 in damages. The judge later ruled that it was in error and ordered a retrial. This second trial ordered her to pay $1.92 million.

Thomas-Rasset went to court again to get it reduced, which sent the amount down to $54,000. The RIAA then wanted to strike a deal with Thomas-Rasset to make the amount $25,000 if she would ask the judge to remove from record the decision to reduce the original $1.92 million (which the judge termed to be "monstrous and shocking"). Thomas-Rasset rejected the deal and continued to fight.

This latest decision of a $1.5 million payment has the RIAA quite pleased.

"We are again thankful to the jury for its service in this matter and that they recognized the severity of the defendant's misconduct," the RIAA said in a statement. "Now with three jury decisions behind us along with a clear affirmation of Ms. Thomas-Rasset's willful liability, it is our hope that she finally accepts responsibility for her actions."

Thomas-Rasset plans to appeal this decision.

Source: Cnet