January 26, 2010 by Julie Jacobson
Remember the Brainerd, Minn., woman who was ordered to pay $1.9 million to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)?
She lost the copyright infringement suit last year for uploading files to music sharing sight Kazaa, after refusing to setting out of court for a paltry $5,000.
Consumers and digital rights advocates were outraged by the $1.9 million judgment against Jammie Thomas-Rasset. Evidently, so was Michael Davis, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, who reduced the jury-awarded amount by 97%, reports CNET.
The judge called the initial award “monstrous and shocking,” as he reduced the damages to $54,000 – an amount, he says, that was still “significant and harsh.”
Not surprisingly, the woman who refused to settle for $5,000 is not too happy about a $54,000 judgment.
CNET indicates that Thomas-Rasset’s attorneys are challenging the constitutionality of any judgment against their clients.
Apparently, the RIAA is considering whether or not to appeal the ruling.
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Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.
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