MOSCOW, June 19 (RIA Novosti) - A U.S. woman was
found guilty of illegally downloading 24 songs from the
Internet and ordered to pay a $1.9 million fine, $80,000 for
each song, CNN reported Friday.
The attorney for Minnesota resident Jammie Thomas-Rasset,
32, said this was the first such copyright violation case to be
tried in the United States, adding that the woman intends to
appeal the federal jury verdict.
Thomas-Rasset downloaded songs by such artists as No
Doubt, Linkin Park, Gloria Estefan and Sheryl Crow. The trial
was her second court appearance in connection with illegal
downloading. In 2007, when a court ruled that she pay $220,000
to sound recording companies, the judge ordered a retrial over
an error in the wording of jury instructions.
Attorney Joe Sibley said that the official price for each
song his client had downloaded was 99 cents, adding that the
woman was shocked at the size of the fine.
A spokeswoman for the Recording Industry Association of
America said the association was pleased at the jury ruling.