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Music sharing mother Jammie Thomas-Rasset loses appeal

Humongous judgment stands
Wed Sep 12 2012, 11:35

MINNESOTA MOTHER Jammie Thomas-Rasset has lost her filesharing damages appeal and must face a judgment of $222,000 for copyright infringement.

Thomas-Rasset has been the victim of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for some time now, and while she has seen the damages award cut down from millions, she can't shake the last couple of hundred thousand dollars.

The woman is accused of having shared some 24 songs and was initially asked to pay the RIAA $62,500 per tune.

She has been in court a few times since then, and has seen the damages judgment cut once, but now, following the most recent appellate ruling, the amount is back to where it once stood.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a three-judge appeals court panel decided that Chief US District Judge Michael Davis made a mistake when he cut the damages award down to $54,000 from over $1m, and ordered that she should have to pay $222,000.

As well as setting the monetary damages, the appeals court ruled that Thomas-Rasset be barred from filesharing music again. We suspect that she already got that message a long, long time ago. µ


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