Court Reduces Ruling in Minnesotan’s File-Sharing Case

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Says $1.9 million ruling against Jammie Thomas-Rasset was 'monstrous and shocking.'


Jan. 26, 2010 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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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