Minnesota Woman Fined $1.5 Million for Illegally Downloading Songs

Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been battling the recording industry for four years, was ordered to pay Capitol Records $62,500 for each of the 24 songs she illegally shared in 2006.

A Minnesota woman has been fined $1.5 million for illegally downloading and sharing 24 songs online in April 2006, CNET reported.

A jury in Minneapolis found that Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who has been battling the recording industry for four years over 24 songs she illegally downloaded and shared online, is liable for copyright infringement damages to Capitol Records. She was fined $62,500 for each song.

"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. "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's attorney Kiwi Camara told CNET that they are filing an appeal.

"The fight continues," Camara said.

This marked the third trial for Thomas-Rasset, originally accused of sharing 1,700 songs. She was found liable for $222,000 in damages in the first trial, which was retried due to a judge's error.

The second trial resulted in a fine of $1.92 million,  but a judge later reduced that amount, saying it was "monstrous and shocking," to $54,000. The RIAA then offered to settle for $25,000 and an admission of guilt, but Thomas-Rasset declined.

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